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Recognizing Excellent Character

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In continuation with the school’s character education program, Washington Drive Primary School students took part in their monthly Character Counts assembly on Dec. 8.

Facilitated by Assistant Principal Tara Falasco, kindergarten through second-grade students participated in grade level assemblies and learned the importance of showing excellent character. Falasco also recognized a number of students who were nominated by their teachers for showcasing one or more of the character traits that the school looks for: honesty, acceptance, respect, bravery, optimism, responsibility, fairness, integrity, empathy, leadership, dependability and service. 18 kindergarteners, 16 first-graders and 18 second-graders were presented with a letter congratulating them on a job well done.

During the assembly, the students heard a reading of Laurie Keller’s book, “Do Unto Otters.” After the reading, Falasco initiated a discussion about proper behavior and respect for others. She stressed being kind to peers and asked classes how they can help each other.

“Treat others the way you want to be treated,” she said. “Say thank you, be polite and be courteous to each other.”  

Classes also learned bus safety and discussed who to go to in an emergency situation. Students listened as Falasco reinforced appropriate bus behavior.