May Commitment to Character Caring: Being kind, friendly, considerate and willing to listen, give and share


Treat people with kindness and generosity.

Help people in need.

Be sensitive to people's feelings.

Never be mean or hurtful.

Think about how your actions will affect others.

Always remember - we become caring people by doing caring things!

Three Words a Day

May 1 Attitudes is everything!

May 2 Express your feelings.

May 3 Don’t belittle others.

May 4 Courtesy is contagious.

May 5 Knowledge is power.

May 6 Don’t “get even.”

May 7 Compliment other people.

May 8 Friends are prizes.

May 9 Smiles show caring.

May 10 Reading strengthens minds.

May 11 Positive attitudes win.

May 12 Appreciate hard work.

May 13 Grooming tells feelings.

May 14 Acquire new talents.

May 15 Never be indifferent.

May 16 Always be responsible.

May 17 People can change.

May 18 Make reasonable goals.

May 19 Choose good models.

May 20 Animals need care.

May 21 Help at home.

May 22 Books erase loneliness.

May 23 Do not interrupt.

May 24 Believing is winning.

May 25 Patience has limits.

May 26 Show you care.

May 27 Count your blessings.

May 28 Try, try, try.

May 29 Remember happy memories.

May 30 Forgive and forget.

May 31 Experience new things.

What would you do?

Dinner Dilemmas

Purpose: To create family discussions that promotes Character Education in Pinellas County.

Dinner Dilemmas are designed to go home once a month with the students. Schools that send home a weekly newsletter could print one dilemma each week in its publication. During the week families are asked to discuss the dilemma. It is hoped that families will talk about the dilemma and decide how the character quality of the month relates to the situation presented. It is further hoped that families will discuss the dilemma of the week and decide how the character quality of the month applies to each family member.

Week 1

Situation: Sam sees a jacket lying on the PE field. He knows it belongs to a kid in another classroom.

Dilemma: On one hand Sam can walk away and ignore the jacket. On the other hand Sam could show he cares by taking the jacket to the boy.

Discussion: What advice do you have for Sam?

Week 2

Situation: Sue is on her way to go to the mall with some friends. She is late and her friends are waiting for her. Kim stops Sue to talk about a problem. Kim has been crying.

Dilemma: On the one hand Sue wants to go to the mall with her friends. She does not want to keep them waiting any longer for her. On the other hand Sue knows a caring person would stay and listen.

Discussion: What advice do you have for Sue?

Week 3

Situation: Sue’s aunt gives her $10.00. Sue wants to buy a book that cost $9.95 at the school Book Fair. As she walks to the Book Fair Sue sees the collection box for donations to hurricane victims.

Dilemma: On the one hand Sue really wants the book. On the other hand Sue really cares about the hurricane victims.

Discussion: What is your advice for Sue?

Week 4

Situation: It is Monday morning and the student responsible for cleaning the cage and feeding the class pet is absent.

Dilemma: On the one hand Sam does not like to clean the pet’s cage and knows it is not his job this week. On the other hand Sam knows someone needs to volunteer to care for the pet.

Discussion: What is your advice for Sam?

Books to read aloud on Caring:

"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch" by Eileen Spinelli

"The Paper Crane" by Molly Bang

"The Gardner" by Sarah Stewart


Week 1 – “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia
Week 2- “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” Frank. A. Clark
Week 3 – “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” Denis Waitley
Week 4-” Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

Activities to do:

Caring Coupon Books(suggested for all grades)

Materials: paper and the template printed in advance, colored pencils. Make a template in advance and print 3­5 coupons per student. (try to fit them on one page). Have each student come up with ideas on how they can help someone they care about. Have them complete the template and decorate them. They can give these out to family members or friends as gifts. You can also punch a hole in the corner and tie with a ribbon.

I care for you. I will help you_________________. Love, ___________

Cards of Caring (Suggested for all grades)

Materials: Paper and crayons or colored pencils Caring Within the School: Have students make cards/write notes of appreciation and encouragement to someone in the school e.g.: teachers, the principal, cafeteria workers, office staff, and bus drivers. Arrange with the classroom teacher to have the students personally deliver their caring card.


Caring Within the Community: Have the students make cards for people in your community. This can be local fire fighters or police, Soldiers stationed overseas, elderly people living in a home, children at the Children’s hospital, families at a homeless shelter, families staying at Ronald McDonald House, etc. Please make arrangements to deliver these cards to the appropriate agency. 

The Color of Caring (Suggested for all grades)

Materials: Two large clear drinking glasses, blue food coloring, bleach Fill one of the glasses about a quarter full of water. Fill the other glass a little more than half with bleach. Put one or two drops of food coloring into the glass of water. Stir the water to distribute the color. Explain that the blue water represents how someone who is hurting, sad, or lonely might feel on the inside. You've probably all heard the phrase "feeling blue." But, when we take the time caring and kind to someone who is sad, we can make a difference in their lives. (Hold up the glass of bleach and say that this represents “caring." Then pour it into the colored water.) By caring for others, look at the difference we can make.

Caring Videos

YouTube is a great resource for videos about caring. Here are a few suggestions but feel free to find your own age appropriate videos. in how they feel. Watch as the water slowly starts to turn back to clear. (While you wait, it will take about a minute, you can discuss ways that we can care for others.) Clearly, you can make a difference by caring for others!

You will get a message to click over to YouTube to see the video. In this clip, a boy catches a baseball at a baseball game, and then gives the baseball to a younger boy who was disappointed that he didn’t win. This clip can be used to start a larger discussion about giving up what you want to make someone else feel better.

In this moving clip, a college softball player hits her first ever homerun in the conference championship. However, she tears her ACL at first base and cannot finish running the bases. According to the rules, no one on her team is allowed to help her walk; if they do, they will have to forfeit the homerun. A member of the opposing team asks the umpire if the opposing team can carry the girl around the bases, and he agrees. The entire other team lifts up the girl with the torn ACL and carries her to home plate. This clip can be used to start a discussion about sacrificing a game to make someone happy, and how it only takes one person to make a difference.

Make just one person happy each day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 people happy for a little time, at least”. ~Charles Willey
May 1-31

National Teacher’s Appreciation Week 3-7

School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.


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