What Is Character Ed, Anyhow?
Character education involves teaching children about
basic human values including honesty, kindness,
generosity, courage, freedom, equality, and respect.
The goal is to raise children to become morally
responsible, self-disciplined citizens. Problem solving,
decision making, and conflict resolution are important
parts of developing moral character. Through role
playing and discussions, students can see that their
decisions affect other people and things.
The State Legislature and the Governor enacted a law
in 2001 that requires instruction in civility,
citizenship and character education. The Greater
Johnstown School District and Glebe Street Elementary
School strive to comply with State law and continuously
work to further develop and strengthen the character
The Glebe Shared Decision Making team has
adopted the "six pillars" model for its character
education program. Those very pillars that support the
character building that we strive for are represented
through colors and positive character traits (Respect,
Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring, Fairness, and
Citizenship). All six pillars combined represent Panther
The picture above shows our newly encased structural
pillars that represent the positive character traits
(pillars) that we work so hard to model each day at
Glebe Street Elementary School.
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