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October

Character Counts Week: What Kind of Person Do I Want To Be? * — It’s important for all of us, adults and young people alike, to take time to reflect on the principles that will guide our lives and to make a conscious choice as to what kind of person we are going to be. Life can be difficult to navigate. Choosing our principles first can help make the journey easier and more rewarding.
Key Ideas: Character - Choices - Reflection
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty

Columbus Day: Exploring Our Character *— Exploration is one of the oldest of all human activities. Since the beginning of time mankind has explored for land, water, food, and treasure. Today people explore outer space and the deep sea. The wisest and most successful human beings continually explore their character through inner reflection. Students will consider the notion that reflection builds character and fosters successful living.
Key Ideas: Self-examination - Reflection - Exploring our own character
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility

Columbus Day: Traits of Explorers * — Ever wondered about something mysterious and unknown? While the way we travel has changed a great deal since the days of Columbus, people still want to discover new places. It's our innate curiosity, coupled with perseverance and commitment that makes us explorers. These traits are at the core of learning.
Key Ideas: The importance of exploring ideas - Keeping the wonder in learning
Character Traits: Perseverance - Commitment - Love of learning

Fire Prevention Week: Watch What You Heat — "Safety is not a gadget but a state of mind." Being mindful of one's safety and the safety of others is a mark of a responsible person.
Key Ideas: Fire Safety - Citizenship
Character Trait: Responsibility

International Older Persons Day: Honoring Elders * — Often we place too much importance on the young and beautiful, and forget the beauty that comes with age. The elderly have much to offer. As Plato wrote, "They have been over the road that all of us must travel and know where it is rough and where it is level and easy."
Key Ideas: Wisdom comes with age - Young people can benefit from listening to their elders
Character Traits: Respect - Caring

Red Ribbon Week - Elementary-Level Students

The Courage to Say No * — Just saying "no" isn't always easy, even when we know it's what we should say. It can take courage to say "no" to drugs, and the best place to get a little courage is from a "wise encourager." Students explore the concept of courage and how encouragement literally means "to give courage to."
Key Ideas: Having the courage to say no to illegal drugs - Finding encouragement to say no
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Courage

Keeping It Real * — For people who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, the expression "keeping it real" means getting real about their substance abuse and the impact it is having on themselves and others. Students consider the importance of being honest with themselves about the implications and dangers of illegal drug use.
Key Ideas: Drug and alcohol use - Getting honest about the seriousness of substance abuse
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty

Mind if I Don't Smoke? * — Mind if I don't smoke? Students consider that not smoking is the truly respectful thing to do for themselves and those around them.
Key Ideas: Smoking - Health
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Caring
Note: This broadcast message and lesson plan also work well for the annual Great American Smokeout.

Additional Broadcast Messages

How It Started *
What’s Really Cool *

World Food Day: Each One Matters * — Most students are blessed to have food to eat each day. World Food Day is a time to think about what it's like never to have enough food and to remember those who are hungry every day. Mother Teresa's words remind students that they may not be able to feed a hundred people, but they can help feed one.
Key Idea: Helping the hungry
Character Traits: Responsibility - Compassion

* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.

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