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OCTOBER 17-23, 2010

WHEREAS, young people will be the stewards of our communities, nation, and world in critical times, and the present and future well-being of our society requires an involved, caring citizenry with good character; and

WHEREAS, the character of a nation is only as strong as the character of its individual citizens, and the public benefits when young people learn that good character counts in personal relationships, in school, and in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, the Birmingham Council of PTAs has partnered with the National PTA Headquarters to identify how the Six Pillars of Character aligns with the Six Standards for Family – School Partnerships and engage local PTA leaders in learning how to plan and implement Character Counts! activities at home to support student success; and

WHEREAS, Alabama Power Company partners with Birmingham City Schools to implement Character Counts! (CC!), a character education framework that involves school personnel, parents, and community leaders who are committed to teaching, enforcing advocating, and modeling (T.E.A.M.) the Six Pillars - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship (T.R.R.F.C.C.); and

WHEREAS, the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club continues to achieve seamless integration of the Six Pillars of Character into its five core program areas at South Park, Southside Homes (Bessemer), Tom Brown Village and Kimbrough Homes as well as expanded parental and student involvement in collaboration with the Metro League Football Association featuring the Character Counts! Pursuing Victory With Honor Sportsmanship Initiative; and

WHEREAS, Bruenetta C. Hill Elementary, Mobile County, and Blount County serve as Character Counts! model schools; and some of the other communities in the state include the Center for Urban Missions, Ministerial Brotherhood Ministries, Inc., Clergy That Care, Inc., and Cover-to-Cover Faith-Based Initiatives, and the cities of Birmingham, Boaz, Trussville, Madison, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, and others:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education hereby endorses "The Six Pillars of Character" and urges all citizens of Alabama to seek out opportunities to incorporate these core ethical values into their work with young people in park and recreation activities, child-care programs, community events and intern and employee training, and encourage all citizens, corporate and individual, to model these traits of good character in an ongoing commitment to promote character development and ethical behavior in the youth of our community:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the week commencing the third Sunday in October (October 17-23) be proclaimed as CHARACTER COUNTS! WEEK and calls all citizens to embrace these Six Pillars of Character.

Done this 14th day of October 2010.