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Character Counts

Building Theme

Each year Durant Elementary implements a theme that encourages good character. The theme is taught and supported by classroom lessons, the principal’s morning announcements, guidance lessons, ENCORE, and Sumner Shuffles. During a Sumner Shuffle all students and staff participate in a cross-grade lesson. The lesson always begins with a piece of literature and is followed up with an activity to reinforce the lesson’s objective.

Read-A-Million-Minutes also connects with the year’s building theme. During the month of February, the entire student body sets individual and class reading goals. Read-A-Million-Minutes has been a tradition at Durant Elementary since 1981.

Year                  Building Theme                             RAMM Theme            

2012-2013         Pay It Forward                              Reading Pays

2013-2014         Peace Makers/Peace Breakers    Peace, Love, Reading

2014-2015         Cast Your Cougar Spell!

Character Counts

Character Counts is the nation’s most widely used framework for character development.  It is centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character. Character Counts was founded by the Josephson Institute in 1992.  It has since spread throughout the world as a valuable tool to teach character to youth and adults.

6 Pillars of Character Counts!


Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country


Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others


Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly


Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need


Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer


T R R F C C (This acronym helps to remember that people with good character are terrific.)
T rustworthiness
R espect
R esponsibility
F airness
C aring
C itizenship

Encore Celebration

ENCORE is held at Durant Elementary every month. During this monthly celebration, Character Counts is promoted and celebrated.

ENCORE begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Character Counts Pledge. These pledges are lead by our fifth grade students. We then sing a song, “We Are the Kids From Durant School."

Other things that take place during ENCORE are celebrating the month’s birthdays with the entire school singing the birthday song, drawing names from the “Bucket of Fun,” and watching a presentation from one of the grades that reinforces with the month’s pillar.

Reading Counts! winners are recognized, and any special guests or upcoming activities are typically acknowledged during ENCORE. And, the student body also sings a song that goes along with the building theme

The ENCORE celebration concludes with the school fight song, "On Cougars".