In Middle School, Character Counts

Danielle Peterson
At Glenelg Country School, students share a community and develop lifelong traits to propel them to successful lives. The importance of one’s character, and what shapes it, is at the heart of learning at GCS, both in and out of the classroom. The six pillars of character—caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness—are practiced daily in our Middle School.

During Character Counts Week, the Middle School celebrated by holding several special activities, including a Sports Day and a Pillar Tag day. On Sports Day, students were encouraged to practice the pillars of respect and fairness during a modified soccer game between the Glens and the Elgs. On Pillar Tag Day, students dressed in colors associated with the six pillars. Tag Days, which allows students to pay a nominal fee to dress out of uniform for the day, raised funds for Head Start.

To reinforce the pillars of citizenship and caring, students collected items for winter care kits. The kits, which included socks, gloves, lotion, and tissues were assembled for 322 children in Howard County's Head Start Program.

The week culminated with a door decorating contest. Students spent time during homeroom, lunch, recess, and study hall decorating classroom doors highlighting the six pillars of good character. The theme of each entry had to reflect one or more of those six pillars. Mrs. Burkman's sixth-grade homeroom decorated the winning door, with the theme, "Throw Kindness Like Confetti."

The importance of giving back to the community truly demonstrates the six pillars of character and shows that at the Middle School, character counts.
An independent school serving students from age 2 through grade 12 in Howard County, Maryland.