New board members build Edmond into “city of character”

The Character Council of Edmond announces the addition of four new board members to further the goal of building Edmond into a “city of character.” The new members are Bill Farley, University of Central Oklahoma; Lisa Kadavy, Cheyenne Middle School; Joan Krauss, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School; and Jackie Shaw, Edmond Family Counseling Center.

“Each new member brings a strong sense and passion toward good ‘charactership’ to our board, building on a great foundation that’s already in place,” said Jim Hulsey, Character Council president.

The Character Council of Edmond is a non-profit organization of volunteers from various career areas around Edmond who are working to create a citywide initiative to build Edmond into a “city of character.” Formed in 2001, the Council believes that the character of a nation can only be strengthened one person at a time, one community at a time.

“By being on this committee, we want to take the message to the masses that character is important, thus increasing its visibility and awareness,” said Farley, Athletic Director at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Hulsey hopes that Farley and other board members will work to create an Edmond “Character Sports Initiative” program that exemplifies good charactership with teams, players, coaches and parents. The program would honor those who exemplify that good character.

Since 2002, the Character Council has provided character-based Character First! trainings to over 100 public and private elementary and middle school educators. By providing this training, the educators will in turn exemplify and teach character to their students. Both Kadavy, a counselor at Cheyenne Middle School, and Shaw, Executive Director of the Edmond Family Counseling Center, see the importance of proper character training in schools.

“I had the opportunity to attend a Character First! training session last fall. The training was insightful and gave me new ideas and ways to implement Character First! as a school counselor,” said Kadavy, a counselor at Cheyenne Middle School. “I am pleased the middle school teachers in Edmond have attended character education training. It is imperative we continue to encourage good character in our schools.”

Krauss plans to make Character First! training an integral part of the curriculum at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School where she teaches middle school.

“As a middle school teacher, I am constantly stressing to my students the importance of achieving and practicing good character skills,” said Krauss. “Through this invaluable program, our students will embrace these important skills needed to be successful individuals in all aspects of their lives.”

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