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1 SD 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! E-NEWSLETTER From the State Coordinator JANUARY 2011 Happy New Year!!! I like many people have been thinking about what resolutions I want to make in Areas of change that I have heard people discussing are weight lose, reading more, exercise and getting more sleep to name a view. The next step to this annual resolution making process is to declare what you will be working on - I am going to get more sleep in The last thing I have been hearing people declare this week, they all ready were unsuccessful at keeping their newly declared resolution that was only 6 days old. So why are our New Year Resolutions so hard to keep? Perhaps it is due to the lack of planning how to accomplish the declared resolution. Making good decisions is what people of character do on a daily basis but when it comes to the New Year we call them resolutions. A Resolution is the process of resolving something such as a problem or dispute. Where as a Decision means something somebody has chosen or makes up his or her mind about, after considering it and other possible choices. To help sustain your 2011 Resolution try the following steps on making a good decision. 1. Define the problem you want solved. That is your resolution. 2. Brain storm all of the possible ways the problem could be resolved. Ask someone to assist you with this process, they may think of something you would not have. 3. Think through each choice and consider the positives and negatives and who this decision will affect. All decisions we make affect other people. 4. Choose the best choice and make a plan of action. Break this choice down into small manageable steps. 5. Try the choice you have selected and evaluate how this choice is working for you along the way. Make adjustments if you are running into difficulties to successfully accomplish your plan. 6. Once you have accomplished your resolution look back and evaluate how it worked out and the changes you would make for your self in the future if you needed to work on the same resolution. So, to be successful on your 2011 Resolution take time out to make a plan of action you will reap the benefits of making a good decision. Wishing you the very best in 2011, Karelyn Farrand SDCES 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! State Coordinator To access any website in blue print in this newsletter use CTRL + click to follow the link. South Dakota State University, South Dakota counties, and USDA cooperating. South Dakota State University adheres to AA/EEO guidelines in offering educational programs and services. Developed by the South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Project. CHARACTER COUNTS! and the Six Pillars of Character are registered trademarks of the Josephson Institute and operates in South Dakota under the leadership of the 4-H Youth Development program of the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, Brookings, South Dakota

2 JANUARY 2011 Page FOUNDATIONS FOR LIFE CONTEST REMINDER 2011 South Dakota Foundations for Life Essay Contest Grades 4, 7 & 9 Great Prizes 1 st Place $300 Deadline January 31, 2011 Sponsored by South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! & SD 4-H Foundation The Foundation for Life Essay contest is an easy and effective way to enhance your school s character efforts. The contest is to inspire young people to reflect upon, express and commit to profound and enduring truths that will guide them to make ethical choices throughout their lives. The South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Staff is looking forward to receiving your entries for the contest. The South Dakota Foundations for Life Official Manual and Announcement can be accessed on-line at: The winning essays from your school will advance to the statewide competition. After reviewing the materials, please do not hesitate to contact the SD 4-H CC! State Coordinator if you have questions Trustworthiness "Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King Respect "To be old and wise, You first need to be young and stupid." - Unknown

3 JANUARY 2011 Page 3 8th Annual SD 4-H Character Education Conference 8 th Annual South Dakota 4-H Character Education Conference JUNE 16-17, 2011 RAMKOTA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 2111 N. LaCrosse Street Rapid City, SD South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Preconference June 15 Seeking 1 SDSU Graduate Credit SD Continuing Education Contact Hours Available Featuring International and Nationally known keynote speakers Kevin Locke Kevin Locke (Tokeya Inajin is his Lakota name, meaning First to Arise ) is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Locke was born in 1954 on the Standing Rock Reservation. As a performer and teacher he is interested in preserving Indian, especially the Lakota Traditions. He received his master s degrees in education administration and community education from the University of South Dakota. Kevin s goal is to raise awareness of the Oneness we share as human beings. His belief in the Unity of human kind is expressed dramatically in the traditional Hoop Dance which illustrates the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (or circles) of life. Touring for two decades, Kevin has performed and lectured in nearly 80 countries, sharing his high vision of balance, joy and diversity. He has served as a cultural ambassador for the United States Information Service since Deeply committed to the conservation of Earth s resources for future generations, Kevin was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil and a featured performer and speaker at the 1996 United Nations Habitat II in Turkey. All of the people have the same impulses, spirit and goals, reflects Kevin. Through my music and dance, I want to create a positive awareness of the Oneness of humanity. Dr. Thom Flamboe Dr. Thom Flamboe began his work in Aberdeen, South Dakota in the fall of 1982 when he moved from Laramie, Wyoming. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Thom has degrees from Eastern Michigan University, the University of Wyoming, Northern State University, and the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Thom has worked with children, parents, and families since 1970 in a variety of roles. He has been an educator,

4 JANUARY 2011 Page 4 counselor, communication specialist and a nationally-known lecturer. He has worked as a hospital-based Child Development Specialist and Parent Child Coach with parents and their newborns. He recently retired from a 20 year counseling practice located within a Family Medicine practice. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Presentation University in Aberdeen. His book Can You Fix Him? Adventures in Child Therapy is a collection of stories about Thom and his family and the many children who have crossed his path over his thirty years of working in the area of child development. Dr. Thom s presentations at the Conference are based on his 30 plus years of work with parents, children, teachers and other professionals. His presentations are both humorous and inspiring and will focus on building relationships with your students. THE OFFICIAL CONFERENCE BROCHURE AND REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON! WATCH YOUR FOR MORE INFORMATION Call for Workshop Proposals 8 th Annual South Dakota Character Education Conference Bridging Differences June 16 & 17, 2011 Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center Rapid City, SD The CHARACTER COUNTS! Staff would like to extend an invitation, to those working in a field where building good character is important, to send in proposals for quality break-out sessions that will showcase the good work that is happening in our state. The conference is geared to motivate and inspire individuals to promote good character in positive ways to youth and adults. We will be seeking 1 SDSU Graduate Credit and will be giving Continuing Education Contact Hours for the conference. Please read the attached brochure for details and watch our website for more information. Presenters, of accepted proposals, will receive free registration (no meals) to the conference. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, the Request for Break-Out Session/Workshop Application is included on page 5 & 6 of this E-Newsletter. PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO ANYONE YOU BELIEVE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PRESENTING AT THIS CONFERENCE.

5 JANUARY 2011 Page 5 Request for Break-Out Session/Workshop Application (One-Hour Presentations) BRIDGING DIFFERENCES 8 th Annual Character Education Conference June 16-17, 2011 Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 2111 LaCrosse Street Rapid City, South Dakota Name: Address: Agency and Title: City, State and Zip: Telephone Number: Address: Equipment/Supply Needs: Choice of Day: Thursday (June 16 th ) Friday (June 17 th ) No Preference If the number of participants needs to be limited, please indicate the maximum number of participants per session: Do we have permission to share your contact information: Yes No Break-Out Session/Workshop Title (7 words or less): Presenter Background -- Include a BRIEF biography and your background as it relates to Character Education. (Describe your specific local, regional and/or national experience as a speaker or presenter.) Brief Description of Workshop (50 words or less this will be used in our promotional information):

6 JANUARY 2011 Page 6 Participant Outcomes What can attendees expect to learn during your session? My presentation relates to the following CHARACTER Theme (you may check more than 1): Ethics in the Workplace Sportsmanship Bullying Diversity Classroom Strategies Youth Organization Strategies Involving Community Parental Involvement Specific Pillar [circle one: Trustworthiness-Respect-Responsibility-Fairness-Caring-Citizenship] Other: Target Audience Please identify to which audience your presentation would be most appropriate. General Prevention and/or Health Services Parents and/or Community Members Site Staff (Preschool) Site Staff [Elementary] Site Staff [Middle School] Site Staff (High School) Are you willing to repeat your presentation? Yes No Long Presentation Description Please attach one page or less. Describe the content and format of your presentation; being sure to identify how your presentation will assist participants to develop, support, or promote quality character education. Include in your description whether your presentation is more appropriate for elementary or secondary education personnel. IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: If your One-Hour Workshop Proposal is selected to be presented, you will receive free admission to the sessions of the two-day Character Education Conference as payment for your services (no meals). DEADLINE: You may either your application as a Word document or mail two (2) hard copies of your application to Karelyn Farrand by February 16, 2011: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * KARELYN FARRAND STATEWIDE 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! TM COORDINATOR Brown County Extension Office st Avenue SE Aberdeen, SD * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * If you have questions, please call, fax or Office Fax

7 JANUARY 2011 Page 7 New Resources and Websites Simple Truths Provides a variety of books, CDs and DVDs with inspirational character messages. A free newsletter is available. Mac Anderson, Founder of Simple Truths sent the following message: If you ever need a gentle reminder to remember what's most important in life...watch this beautiful 3 minute movie. Each time I watch it...i feel inspired! Hope you will, too! Just click here to watch. Mural Artist Jason Folkerts is a mural artist who resides in Sioux Falls, SD. He has done over 25 murals in the past two and 1/2 years, many of them for elementary schools in our State. You may have a need to have some mural work done in your school; the gymnasium, cafeteria, hallways, lobby, etc.. Murals are an excellent means to build community spirit and get the kids excited about your programs. Recently he did a series of murals that built on the Character Counts program for an elementary school in North Sioux City. Jason stated, It was lots of fun to create and had educational value for the students as well. Jason gives free quotes for any ideas you may have you can Jason at the following address: Citizenship Resource Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance. Let Red Skelton help you teach the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Go to : v=cyhlvuvctqk To view the words and hear the audio go to: Responsibility It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. Anonymous

8 SEPTEMBER 2010 Page 8 Websites If you're a professional serving children, youth and families or a parent with your own children, you know that finding reliable, high quality, research-based information on the Web can be a major challenge. That's where CYFERnet can help you. CYFERnet's Web site brings together the best, children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty. Through CYFERnet you can also interact with your colleagues and share your work nationally. CYFERnet features a section called Hot Topics. The hot topic that has been receiving national attention is cyberbullying. To view CYFERnet s Hot Topic Cyberbullying: What Parents and Educators Can Do and to view the resources available to educators go to: Fairness A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry Truman, 33rd President ( ) In the News Joe and Elaine Floyd Honored on National Philanthropy Day National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside to celebrate and recognize the contributions individuals and organizations across the state make daily to countless causes and missions. On Friday, October 1, 2010 Joe and Elaine Floyd were honored at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. The South Dakota 4-H Foundation selected them for the Good People, Good Causes recognition and had this to say about the Floyds contributions. South Dakota 4-H often refers to Joe & Elaine Floyd as our 4-H Character Counts! Champions. Their major sustaining support over the years has had an impact on the lives of 45,662 young people statewide. Both Joe and Elaine realize the strength of good character in the everyday lives of kids. And, that character building is a commitment for the long haul in an area where the work is never done. (See Picture on Page 9)

9 JANUARY 2011 Page 9 L to R: Molly Donohue (Joe & Elaine s granddaughter), Joe Floyd, Elaine Floyd and Connie Donohue (Joe & Elaine s daughter). Talking about good character The Hamlin Elementary students had an assembly about being a good person on Wednesday afternoon. Pictured from left to right are Phil Olson representing 4-H Character Counts! and Hamlin Hometown Heroes, Tayler Smith and Martin Prouty. They talked about trustworthiness, good character and being a good person. Olson told the students that everyone has a gift and it could be for sports, music, math or science and everyone needs to find their gift.

10 JANUARY 2011 Page 10 What s Happening Across South Dakota National CHARACTER COUNTS! week includes new program BROOKINGS, S.D. The South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Project is again celebrating national CHARACTER COUNTS! week. Celebrated in South Dakota since 1996, CHARACTER COUNTS! week will include communities that have set aside time to highlight character education and the importance of modeling good character. Rallies, parades, school assemblies, art, and essay contests celebrate work done throughout the year. South Dakota youth will join more than 5 million young people in more than 60 countries celebrating good character. Karelyn Farrand, state director of the project, said that this year, the South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Project will kick off a new program called Hometown Heroes of Character. This fall, 72 athletes from 32 eastern South Dakota communities will carry the message that good character counts to more than 15,000 elementary and middle school students, said Farrand. The athletes will represent their communities from as far north as Aberdeen and Waubay to Vermillion and Yankton in the southeast. In all, there are three poster regions, Northeast, Sioux Empire, and Southeast. Each athlete participating in the program is pictured on a poster representing his or her region of the state. Under their photo, each athlete has shared a statement about one of the Six Pillars of Character. The goals of the CHARACTER COUNTS! program are to teach and model core values known as the Six Pillars of Character, and the pillars include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Farrand said each athlete statement is written very intentionally to engage student readers. The goal is to help young students think about a specific action that they might take related to the pillar information each athlete shares, Farrand said. Each set of athletes will engage their local elementary students in an elementary school assembly. In addition, the 2010 program will include an eight-minute clip from the movie, The Blind Side. The scene will help educate students about school sportsmanship and conflict resolution. We are especially excited to announce that within the movie clip, John Stiegelemeier, head coach of the South Dakota State University football team, will share his thoughts about the importance of good character, said Farrand. We can arrange school assemblies of our Hometown Heroes program, and we can provide copies of the eight-minute film scene to schools who want to take part or show this important message. To set this up for your school, call Phil Olson at Farrand said the array of success stories in schools and youth-service organizations that the CHARACTER COUNTS! program has already inspired is long. It has become, by far, the most widely implemented character-education framework in the nation, she said. For more information on the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, visit the South Dakota 4-H website at this link: Or visit the national program website at this link: Call Farrand for more information on the Hometown Heroes program in South Dakota at Caring "Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again." Unknown

11 JANUARY 2011 Page 11 What s Happening Across the US No Name Calling Week January 24-28, The No Name Calling Week website will provide you with Planning Resources for the week as well as Bullying Resources. There are lesson plans for Elementary, Middle School and High School. There are also Art Lessons and a No Name Calling Week Pledge. Lesson Swap Submitted by Aaron West, Cooperative Extension Service, Youth Development/4-H Program Assistant, Yankton County THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAULT AND RESPONSIBILITY The objective of this lesson is have students be able to explain the difference between fault and responsibility. While a consequence may not be your fault, it may be your responsibility. For example, let's say my daughter got into a car accident. While the car accident wasn't my fault I may be held legally responsible while also being responsible for her medical and emotional well-being. This can be tied to the environment, classroom consequences, sports teams, etc... The scenarios are meant to bring up discussion and do not necessarily mean right or wrong since it is the youth's opinion. I had them do the worksheet first and then we read and talked about each one as a large group. I asked youth, who was mainly at fault/responsibility. After students gave their input, I added some of my own and then let them comment. For fun you can change/add some details and see how the group responds. Name: Age: Grade: Directions: Read each example below. Rate each character's level of fault and responsibility on a scale of means they have no fault/responsibility 10 means they have all fault/responsibility. Mr. Brown, a Math teacher, gives the class a homework assignment that is due in 1 week. Kevin, one of his students, was sick the day the assignment was given and Mr. Brown did not remind the class about the assignment until it was due. Kevin didn't turn in the assignment. Fault: Mr. Brown Kevin Responsibility: Mr. Brown Kevin Averi and her mom get into an argument about her grades at school. Averi has to work to help pay the bills and care for her younger siblings while her mom goes to work at night. She doesn't have much time for friends, let alone school. Her mom expects her to do better in school. Fault Averi Mom Responsibility Averi Mom

12 JANUARY 2011 Page 12 Lesson Swap (continued) Brent gets a call from the local jail. His son, Michael, calls asking Brent to bail him out of jail. Brent asks Michael what he did and Michael says, "I threw a rock at a guy's car and broke the windshield." Brent asks his son why he threw the rock and he says, "The guy hit Lucky with his car." Lucky is the family dog. Fault Brent (Dad) Michael (Son) Guy Lucky (Dog) Responsibility Brent (Dad) Michael (Son) Guy Lucky (Dog) Citizenship By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius, philosopher of Ancient China (551 BC 479 BC) Book Review STOP PICKING ON ME (A First Look at Bullying) by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker This approachable picture book explores the difficult issue of bullying among children. It helps kids accept the normal fears and worries that accompany bullying, and suggests ways to resolve this upsetting experience.

13 JANUARY 2011 Michael Josephson Commentaries Page 13 The following information has been taken from Michael Josephson Commentaries E-newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter reply to write SUBSCRIBE in the subject. You Can't Un-Ring a Bell According to a new study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, half of all high school students admit they bullied someone in the past year, and nearly as many, 47 percent, say they were bullied, teased, or taunted in a way that seriously upset them in the past year. That's an awful lot of kids who are inflicting and suffering serious emotional injuries, some so serious as to cause deep depression and even suicide. At the root of all this misery is the willingness of our sons and daughters to say and do mean and awful things that humiliate, embarrass, intimidate, or degrade others. Most of the perpetrators of all this pain are not brutish thugs with severe self-esteem issues. Many are intelligent, highly confident teens good at hiding their cruel or careless conduct from their parents and teachers. If the saying, 'sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never harm me' was ever true, it certainly is not so today. We need to be sure that every school child understands that insults, name calling, relentless teasing, and malicious gossip can inflict deep and enduring damage that often can't be cured. You just can't un-ring a bell. This is particularly true when modern digital communications are involved. What's posted on the Internet is permanent, and it spreads like a virus following the victim everywhere. The difference between traditional bullying and cyberbullying is the difference between a fistfight and a gunfight. The solution is in prevention, creating a kind and respectful climate that isolates bullies and protects and supports their potential victims. Please look at our website, charactercounts.org, to get some ideas on what you can do. This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.. Announcing the New Sportsmanship Blog This replaces the monthly Pursuing Victory With Honor newsletter. We invite you to contribute your thoughts, advice, and ideas. Click on the link below, and share your comments at the end of any article. We'll continue to send this monthly to let you know about the latest blog posts. Sportsmanship Blog Link:

14 JANUARY 2011 Upcoming Dates January 25 Northwestern 4-H CC! Teen Training 31 Deadline for Foundations for Life Essay Contest January 4-H Athletes of Character Assemblies 4 Sioux Falls Longfellow Elementary- 3-5th grades- 2:00-2:30 pm-1116 S. 4th Avenue, Sioux Falls 6 Sioux Valley Elementary K-2-8:30 am/ 3-5th-9:15 am- 200 Hansina Ave, Volga 8 Sioux Falls- Youth Enrichment Services staff training-8:30 am- 1:00 pm,824 E. 14th Street, Sioux Falls 12 Beresford- Elementary-K-5th-1:30-3:00 pm S. 4th St. 13 Huron- Buchanan Elementary-K-5th-8:30-9:50 am-5 Mellette Avenue, Washington Elementary-K-5th-2:20-3:00 pm-1451 McClellan Drive 14 Chester- Middle School-1:00 pm./high School-1:30 pm/elementary-2:45 pm-102 2nd Avenue 19 Huron-Jefferson Elementary-K-5th-9:00-9:40 am-855 Utah SE 19 Wessington Springs K-12th-1:00-3:30 pm-302 Dakota Avenue 21 Huron Madison Elementary-K-12-8:30-9:50 am-1634 Idaho Avenue SE February- 4-H Athletes of Character Assemblies 1 Watertown-Middle School and Elementary- times TBA th St. NE 4 Canton Elementary and Middle School-12:30 pm-3:00 pm- 724 N. Sanborn Street March 8-11 National CC! Training 26 Dakota Child Care Providers and Parents Conference How Full Is Your Bucket? Presentation - Yankton June 15 SD 4-H Preconference Training SD 4-H Character Education Conference Rapid City SD 4-H Character Education Conference Rapid City Page 14 THE OFFICIAL CONFERENCE BROCHURE AND REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON! WATCH YOUR FOR MORE INFORMATION

15 JANUARY 2011 Page 15 South Dakota 4-H Foundation CHARACTER COUNTS! Donors CHARACTER BENEFACTOR JOE & ELAINE FLOYD Sioux Falls, SD CHARACTER CHAMPION Trustworthiness First Bank & Trust of Brookings CHARACTER CHAMPION Respect South Dakota Corn Utilization Council CHARACTER CHAMPION Responsibility Touchstone Energy Electric Cooperatives of South Dakota East River Electric Power, Touchstone Energy of the Black Hills, & SD Rural Electric Statewide/Regional Donors 3M-Aberdeen, 3M-Brookings, Black Hills Power & Light, CNA Surety Company, Dacotah Banks, South Dakota Retailers, Wells Fargo, Sioux Empire United Way

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