The first-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School donned sunglasses and sang along with Aretha Franklin's R-E-S-P-E-C-T during the school Character Counts assembly Jan. 23. Respect is one of the six pillars of Character Counts.
Principal Bucky Bates said, "Typically, across the United States, Character Counts Week is in October, but at Lincoln, we don't always do things like everyone else."
Lincoln officials combined an already short school week and the kick off of Read to Feed with its Character Counts celebration.
Lincoln students spent the Jan. 20 through 23 working on Character Counts.
Thanks to the Parent Teacher Association, the students in each grade received and wore a different colored T-shirt - red, yellow, green, blue, orange and purple.
Like the first graders, the students in the other five grades at Lincoln Elementary sang or performed a skit representing the other five pillars: Caring, Responsibility, Fairness, Citizenship and Trustworthiness.
Parents and family members filled the Lincoln gym for the assembly.
Parent Kacy Magnett said the Character Counts program is great and "it teaches the kids important values."
Rob Vannett said he sees his first- and fourth-grade sons, demonstrating the traits of Character Counts.
"I can see it in their attitudes," Vannett said. "I think the program is very important. It is helping young people integrate into our community."
Parent volunteer Francine Hackerott organized the assembly.
"I think the students have really learned the pillars of Character Counts. They pay more attention to following the rules. The students are more responsible about being respectful," she said.
"Respect yourself if you would have others respect you."
- Baltasar Gracian