Happy New Year and welcome back! This week's character challenge is Be True to Yourself. In junior high, it can be especially hard to be true to yourself. Most kids at this age are trying to figure out where they fit in and what their values are, which makes it easy to be influenced by peer pressure. Being true to yourself takes courage, but it is always worth it!
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week’s character challenge is to be loyal. Being loyal means giving or showing firm or constant support or allegiance to a person or institution. We can show loyalty by being there for our friends, not talking or gossiping behind each others’ backs, and by standing up for the people and beliefs that are important to us.
~“Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.”~ Ernie Banks
This week’s character challenge is to be fair. To be fair means to make judgements that are free from discrimination. We can be fair in school by treating others the way we would want to be treated, being open-minded, honest, apologizing for our mistakes, and giving others a chance.
~"We cannot choose how others treat us. We can only choose how we treat others.”
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing and peaceful Thanksgiving break!
This week’s character challenge is to be dependable. Being dependable means that you are trustworthy and reliable. We can show that we are dependable by keeping our promises, following through, completing our work on time, and coming to class on time.
~"People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them.”
This week’s character challenge is to be thankful. Even when life gets tough, it is important to find things to be thankful for. You might be thankful for your family, the roof over your head, having running water, food to eat, your friends, teachers, school, clothes to keep you warm, your pets, and the community in which you live. There is always something to be thankful for. Check out this article that describes the health benefits of gratitude.
~"Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
This week's character challenge is to be prepared. We show our teachers that we are prepared by completing our homework, being on time, coming to class with all of our materials, and studying for tests. Being prepared can help us reach our full potential not only in school, but in many other aspects of life.