Potosi, A Community of Character: Getting Started

Resources, ideas, and activities for parents to use with their kids as supported by the Potosi School District's Character Education Initiative!

What is Character Education?


As defined by Dr. Thomas Lickona, character education is the deliberate effort to develop virtues that are good for the individual and good for society. The objective goodness of virtues is based on the fact that they:

  • Affirm our human dignity
  • Promote the well-being and happiness of the individual
  • Serve the common good
  • Define our rights and obligations
  • Meet the classical ethical tests of reversibility (Would you want to be treated this way?) and universalizability (Would you want all persons to act this way in a similar situation?).

10 Specific Compliments to Give Your Children

What We Say to Our Kids is Important

Every positive word we say to our children helps to build them up and encourages them to be the BEST they can be.  Notice how this mother promoted "character education" in encouraging her son!


The Potosi School District spotlights one character trait each month during the school year.  They are as follows:

*September - Respect

*October - Responsibility

*November - Citizenship

*December - Caring

*January - Self-Discipline

*February - Honesty

*March - Fairness

*April - Courage

*May - Perseverance

Click on the tabs above to explore ideas and activities for each trait!

What Is Our Mission?

The Potosi Character Education Initiative is a deliberate effort to develop strong character based on traits that help people live and work together. (June 2009)

Subject Guide

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Want more videos, stories, or ideas about growing good character?  Look here!

Why We Need Character Education, and How To Model It