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The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of Character Counts! These values were identified by a nonpartisan, secular group of youth development experts in 1992 as core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences. 



The Six Pillars of Character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. We recommend using the Pillars in your character education or SEL initiative in this specific order and using the acronym “T.R.R.F.C.C.” (terrific).

Each of the Six Pillars of Character help instill a positive school climate and a culture of kindness, making schools a safe environment for students to learn.

















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