Spend Time Building Character In Our Children

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Children live in a world filled with hope, discovery and wonder. But at times, it's also a world filled with disappointments, struggles and complicated relationships.

As they approach their teen years, they begin to form attitudes and opinions that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, our society has thrown an extra stumbling block in their path in the form of broken homes. It's a sad statistic that more marriages end in divorce than not. Even couples who are able to hold their marriages together often face financial burdens that pressure both parents to work outside the home.

Our children need to have solid footing in a shifting world and must be empowered with tools that will help them stand tall in the face of discouragement and peer pressure.

One positive force in this effort has been the Character Counts program, implemented within the Payson School District in September of 2000.

Character Counts is a nonprofit consortium of more than 450 educational and youth-serving organizations united to advance character education by teaching the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Volunteer parents, teachers, and school administrators work with available resources to create fun, interactive activities that reinforce these six important life qualities.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, a free musical stage show will be presented by Primary Focus, a national nonprofit performing arts group of college-aged young people who volunteer their talents to help teach and reinforce character-based principles.

This is a fun, highly motivating musical assembly that will appeal to children in grades K-6. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

Your children or grandchildren will leave the performance not only entertained, but also motivated to develop their personal skills and make positive choices.

To learn more about the Character Counts Program, visit www.charactercounts.org on the Internet.

Anyone interested in learning more about the local Character Counts program, or to get involved, call Jennifer Baker at (928) 472-9309.

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