Educators get Character Counts training

POOLER, GA (WTOC) – One hundred members of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School District participated in the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum's Character Counts implementation training.

The seminar is for children, parents, educators and communities and aims to change culture and motivate children to grow up, doing the right thing.

"The students here today are just excited some of them this is there first opportunity in the museum and they're very excited about that then to be able to go back and say, 'hey, I'm the one who's going to be introducing character to my school,' gives them a sense of responsibility which happens to be one of the traits or pillars of character education," said director of personnel Dr. Quentina Miller-Fields.

Thunderbolt Elementary was Character Counts at the Mighty Eighth's Pilot School Program. Thunderbolt's Principal Kim Newman said that as of February 2010 Thunderbolt Elementary had experienced 70 disciplinary suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year and that it has dropped to two disciplinary suspensions during the same period this school year, according to the museum.

The Mighty Eighth Air Force program includes teaching the Six Pillars of Integrity: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

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