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how you can help

The CHARACTER COUNTS!® Communities Organization is looking for partners in our vision for universal values.

We are asking that you please consider making a $100 donation to be used for:

For your sponsorship, you will receive a window decal, recognition at October CHARACTER COUNTS!® festivities, and your name printed on CHARACTER COUNTS!® stationery.

To donate, please make checks payable to CHARACTER COUNTS!® Communities and mail to:

100 West Monroe Street
Port Washington, WI 53074



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Welcome To CHARACTER COUNTS!® Communities

The Port Washington—Saukville School District, City of Port Washington, and the Village of Saukville unite in an exciting program developed to promote character within each other and within the community.

CHARACTER COUNTS!® strengthens young lives through character education. It's a national initiative in partnership with schools, communities, businesses, and other organizations helping millions of youth and adults develop universal values.

CHARACTER COUNTS!® is two things: An educational framework for teaching universal values and a national coalition of organizations that support each other.

Check out this video for a great example of the importance of character, caring, and citizenship from the third graders at Lincoln Elementary School! Click Here To View Video!



THE SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER®: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship

  • Be honest
  • Don't deceive, cheat, or steal
  • Be reliable - do what you say you'll do
  • Have the courage to do the right thing
  • Build a good reputation
  • Be loyal - stand by your family, friends, and country
  • Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule
  • Be tolerant of differences
  • Use good manners, not bad language
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others
  • Don't threaten, hit, or hurt anyone
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
  • Do what you are supposed to do
  • Persevere: Keep on trying!
  • Always do your best
  • Use self-control
  • Be self-disciplined
  • Think before you act - consider the consequences
  • Be accountable for your choices
  • Play by the rules
  • Take turns and share
  • Be open-minded; listen to others
  • Don't take advantage of others
  • Don't blame others carelessly
  • Be kind
  • Be compassionate and show you care
  • Express gratitude
  • Forgive others
  • Help people in need
  • Do your share to make your school and community better
  • Cooperate
  • Get involved in community affairs
  • Stay informed; vote
  • Be a good neighbor
  • Obey laws and rules
  • Respect authority
  • Protect the environment