During this time, students will focus on the ultimate lessons of the tragedy: character and service. They will discuss and study the lives of Americans who possessed extraordinary character, and they will recognize individuals who have, in the past year, demonstrated the highest qualities of the American character.
Educators are encouraged to teach young people about careers in public service. As a first step in a commitment to a life of community service, many young people already take part in community service activities. During this time, teachers may present opportunities to take part in service-learning opportunities.
“With character education now incorporated into West Virginia’s schools’ curriculum, our children will learn to incorporate this behavior into their lives,” said Dr. David Stewart, State Superintendent of Schools. “During American Character Week, we should demonstrate respect for victims of this tragedy, and we should also honor and celebrate the countless acts of courage, loyalty and responsibility that represent the American character.”
American Character Week coincides with Constitution Day, September 17, which is being planned by the United States Department of Education. This day will conclude with a simultaneous recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, to be led by President George W. Bush at 2 p.m., EDT.
For more information regarding American Character Week, please contact Lisa Burton-Sites, Coordinator with the Office of Student Services and Assessment, or visit the Character Counts! Coalition website at www.charactercounts.org.