Character Counts Week

Caring Citizen Day
Students at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary came to school on Oct. 25 in clothes matching their “dream” jobs.
Front: Kaylee Johnson (rock star), Kendall Schwickerath (farmer like Uncle Jared Gragert-hence the red hair), Lexton Hayes (dirt bike rider) and Talon Henry (policeman). Middle: Sawyer Reis (president), Skylar Henry (cow girl), Susie Himli (fashion model) and Ella Keller (doctor). Back: Jordan Fisher Jantzen (biker), Jackie Niewoehner (banker like Mom, Jamie), Conner Roberts (Spiderman impersonating a scientist) and Sharon Goodman (teacher).

By Marcie Klomp

Howard-Winneshiek along with many other school districts in the nation celebrated Character Counts week, Oct. 21-27. The program teaches basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Because H-W values good character, students had themed dress-up days. Monday was “Hats off to Respect and being Drug Free!” Students and staff wore hats to show their support for a drug-free school and community where people respect each other.

“Trustworthy Team Tuesday” allowed youth to come dressed in their favorite team jersey.

Wednesday’s “Responsible Rock Star Day and Rock the Vote” allowed students to show their glitter, sunglasses and music-themed clothing. They were told, “Our future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades!”

Thursday was “Caring Citizens Career Day.” Students were to come to school dressed in their dream job. Some wore football uniforms or were dressed as farmers.

Friday was “Fairness Friday” where students were to show their Cadet spirit by wearing blue, white and or black to celebrate fairness.

Friday was also the day Howard County Sheriff Mike Miner gave each students a ribbon for red ribbon week. The ribbon stated “One school, one goal—Bully and Drug Free.”

He explained the origin of Red Ribbon Week to the students. It is to promote living a drug-free life and is dedicated to Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by members of a drug cartel in Mexico in 1985.

He also spoke to the students about bullying. He told them they didn’t like to be picked on or bullied so they shouldn’t do it to others.

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