Over 1,100 students, both middle and high school, submitted essays to the annual Laws of Life Essay Contest hosted by Character Counts MidShore. Twenty schools participated throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and there was a winner at each school; twenty students and teachers were recognized.
Character Counts is based on the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The students wrote essays about how they use character in their daily lives, regarding the right choice resulting in a positive outcome and also how the wrong choice can became a learning lesson.
After my presentation, I had the opportunity to listen to several of the students read their essays to the audience, which I found to be a very moving experience. To observe these young adults present such powerful and personal stories was very inspiring and I really enjoyed getting to visit with them after the ceremony.
About Character Counts MidShore:
Character Counts MidShore is a citizen-based movement on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, working to infuse strong character development ideals into the everyday lives of our communities. We provide community leadership for the development of character education to schools, churches, businesses, athletic leagues and other community groups and strive to create an increased awareness about the importance of good character and basic values in our society.