New Horizons Elementary School celebrated Character Counts recently at a school-wide pep rally. Students were encouraged to show each of the featured character traits in a variety of ways by fellow students, staff and special guests.
Students were introduced to the program with puppets representing caring, respect, trustworthy, responsibility, fairness and citizenship.
New Horizons Cub Scout Troop 125 presented the flag. The Wellington High School Pep Band, under the direction of student drum major Hunter Burke and band teacher Mary Oser, performed many rousing selections.
School counselor Lynne Bray encouraged students to follow the example of responsibility set by band members through knowing what’s expected of them and to just do it.
Parent volunteers, PTA members and students belonging to various service clubs were honored for all they do to show citizenship by working together to make the school better and caring by helping others.
Fifth-grade students nominated by their teachers for exemplifying each of the school’s character pillars were recognized and received trophies. Student recipients included: caring – Carla Mathieu and Emily Singer; trustworthy – Kelsey DeGuzman; respect – Brunny Joasil; responsibility – Mareny Gonzalez-Amaro; tolerance – Avery Kelley; fairness – Andrew Mack; citizenship – Sarah Ballard; friendship – Rafael Valdespino; and overall character counts – Armani Sarache.
Bray encouraged students to follow the example set by these students to always make a choice to “Do the Right Thing.”
ABOVE: Character Counts program participants.