Character is the very foundation of who we are as individuals. How we express, react, rely, and live our faith communicates who we are to each other and in God's world. At St. Veronica, we have dedicated ourselves to assisting families in the development of children's character.
Character can be described in a variety of ways:
- The inward motivation to do what is right
- Who you are, even when no one is watching
- The key to true success in every area of life
Good character qualities are necessary for success it all activities of life, including school, work and everyday relationships with people. Building character is different than learning a set of skills. Once a person learns to read, ride a bicycle, or operate a machine, these skills are hard to forget. Character, by contrast, is formed and reinforced every day in the decisions a person makes.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “To educate a child in mind and not morals is to educate a menace to society.” Character formation is an essential part of a child’s education. St. Veronica School uses a program based upon the Character First model to teach virtues, to teach character. Character First! offers clear, memorable lessons for classes of all ages. Character First focuses on a total of 49 character traits.
Each month the entire school (teachers and students) will focus on a single trait. The traits for the 2010-2011 school year are: Kindness, Reliability, Thankfulness, Encouragement, Self-Control, Honesty, Patience, and Generosity. We use these traits as the focus of our kindness journaling program as well as the central theme of a monthly church experience.
Each monthly theme is developed through discussion and example in every classroom and every grade. But we also continue to reflect upon and develop the previous monthly themes. Our goal is to have these virtues practiced daily in the lives of our students and staff.
We have the privilege of being honored as an Ohio State Promising Practice School for the dedication and hard work of our students and faculty for developing the moral life of St. Veronica School.
Since 1993, the Character Education Partnership has honored public and private elementary, middle and high schools in their efforts to give greater attention and priority to character education.
As part of the National Schools of Character (NSOC) awards program, the Character Education Partnership (CEP) gives Promising Practices awards to schools and districts in the United States and elsewhere for implementing unique and specific strategies in character education.
To qualify for the Promising Practices award, St. Veronica had to adhere to Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share information with you about the program and some of the excellent programs and strategies taking place at our school.