Remember: Character Counts

In support of Bully Free Week, signs like these are posted throughout the school. Bully Free Week lasted from October 18 to the 22 along with Character Counts.

Danielle Rodriguez

In support of Bully Free Week, signs like these are posted throughout the school. Bully Free Week lasted from October 18 to the 22 along with Character Counts.

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

As an attempt to raise awareness on campus, The Associated Student Body dedicates the week of October 18-21 to recognize the growing conflict brought on by bullying as well as praising character and moral values.

Across the nation, there were more than sixteen documented suicide attempts among teens in the past month. Though kept secret from peers and loved ones, many depressed souls constantly visit counselors because of the the vast amount of teens bullied for their sexual orientation, race, gender, etc. This fact brought attention to the principal, Mr. Houts, and he asked ASB to dedicate a week specifically for anti-bullying. Commissioner of Publicity John Franco is in charge of the week activities and events related to the cause.

“This is a week of awareness. There is no rally. [ASB] is keeping this very low-profile in attempts to make an impact,” John Franco said. “Throughout the week, we will have quotes dedicated for character counts and for spirit. We will have fun activities and skits throughout the week as well.” In hopes that a student who may be struggling will listen to the daily quote, ASB hopes this week brings impact and influence to a life or many lives.

This also marks National Character Counts Week promoting the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Anti-bullying week and Character Counts Week coincide thus sharing a similar cause. Senior and Commissioner of Campus & Community Service, Joshua Noa, takes the role of making sure this week runs smoothly.

“[The campus] will focus on a different pillar every day. Those that show good morals will receive special prizes like a $25 gift card to Chipotle,” Noa said, “This is not just a partial reward, this is recognition for outstanding citizenship.” Each Pillar of Character will be implemented among the student body to correlate with the Anti-Bullying conviction.

“We hope, through our message, that the students will implement the lessons taught within this week will follow them through their everyday lives.” Junior Rebakah Jin said. The week is appropriate to combine awareness in character along with acceptance.

“Remember, Character counts.”  Noa said. Teens across the nation are being bullied for being an individual. Participation and awareness is crucial to saving lives.