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Character Counts events held this week

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Character Counts in Chaves County with hold several events throughout the week in celebration of National Character Counts Weeks.

Pat Lujan is the local chair of National Character Counts Week.

The Character Counts Week essay, poetry and art contest will be held at each school by Chaves County students. A celebration of winning students’ essays, poetry and art work will occur at the Super Celebration at Roswell High School Commons Area today at 6 p.m. Some of the winners of the contest will read their essays and poems. All wining essays, poetry and art work will be displayed. The Super Celebration is being sponsored by the Roswell Kiwanis.

Honor the Badge Chairman Sheriff Britt Snyder and committee said the Honoring the Badge program will take place on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Joe Skeen Building, 1 St. Mary Place. Honorees are from the public service agencies (city and state police, fireman, sheriff, mounted patrol, volunteer/EMT, etc.) who exemplify the “pillars of character” in their service to the communities and citizens in Chaves County. Pioneer Bank has sponsored this event for 10 years and will continue again this year.

On Thursday during their regular meeting, the Chaves County Commissioners will sign a proclamation.

In addition, students and families from schools all over Chaves County are invited to attend a Zoo Tour/Pillar Presentation in cooperation with Spring River Park & Zoo and the Chaves County DUI Task Force on Friday to learn the meaning of the Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, while at the same time visiting the animals at the zoo. Dennis Pabst and other members and volunteers conduct the tour with local high school students and sponsors. The program will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Oct. 26, Sunset Elementary School will hold its annual Character Counts and Red Ribbon Week March. Student will march as a school from Sunset Elementary School to the Roswell International Air Center to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and Character Counts. Other schools also will be participating to help show their support for these younger students.

During the week, some schools celebrate National Character Counts Week by allowing students to wear the Pillars of Character colors, such as: Blue for Trustworthiness, Yellow for Respect, Green for Responsibility, Orange for Fairness, Red for Caring and Purple for Citizenship.

Schools also are encouraged to conduct assemblies to recognize students for exemplifying the Pillars of Character.

For more information about Character Counts in Chaves County and the activities planned for National Character Counts Week, call 575-626-4495.