The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Business

October 1, 2013

Building character one student at a time

Local high school athletes discuss values from national program with elementary students

ANDERSON — Jasiah Deloney clutched a fistful of trading cards in his hand as he listened to six high school athletes talk about the importance of values.

Each card featured one of the local athletes.

“You have to get good grades and be a good student before being an athlete.” said Deloney, 10.

About 90 fifth-graders formed small clusters around the cafeteria of Eastside Elementary on Tuesday as high school students from Anderson shared how they practice the Six Pillars of Character when playing sports. The athletes also stressed how being a good student is part of having good character.

The discussion was part of a touring Character Counts program that is taught in schools, agencies and organizations nationwide. The Six Pillars of Character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Around the room, eager hands were raised high by the adoring elementary students in response to questions asked by the athletes who were being treated like rock stars by the students. Morgan Nadaline, 17, is an athlete in the program, but she understands how the students feel because six years ago she was one of the elementary students attending the program.

Nadaline, who plays golf, happily answered the questions students volleyed at her and shared her thoughts on how being an athlete promotes citizenship.

“You have to get along with people and it teaches you to be a better person,” she said. “It also teaches you to play by the rules and follow directions.”

Nadaline was joined by fellow Anderson High School athletes: Jordan Hill, baseball; Da’Sha Boyd, basketball; Tyler Davidson, swimmer; Kaira Jackson, softball; and Weston Bell, football.

According to the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics, the program has been shown to improve academic performance, reduce discipline problems and improve attendance rates. In a study by the institute, more than 96 percent of the teachers surveyed said the program helps to build students’ character and about 94 percent would recommend the training provided through the program to others.

Text Only
Local Business
  • NWS - HB0820 - Kennedy Google- JC 2 Google X captures heart, imagination of AU professor After spending the summer working at Google's secret research laboratory in Mountain View, California, Scott Kennedy has decided to stay.

    August 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • Residential electric rates increasing by 9 percent The electric rates for residential customers of Anderson Municipal Light & Power will increase by 8.96 percent for the final three months of the year.

    August 19, 2014

  • Indiana experiences growth in manufacturing sector Known for its strength in traditional and progressive manufacturing, Indiana gained more than 5,500 jobs in the manufacturing sector last month and has maintaining a 5.9 percent unemployment rate from June.

    August 19, 2014

  • NWS - HB0819 - Mounds Reservoir - JC 1 People get a view of proposed reservoir

    Local residents are being given the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges that face the development of the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir.

    August 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEA - HB0819 - Mommy Monday - JC 3 Mommy and me time

    Babette Bargo of Anderson said she brought her daughter to Community Hospital’s first Mommy Monday to meet other mothers and children after her sister-in-law told her about the event.

    August 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Reservoir would reduce tax revenues If the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir becomes a reality by 2021, local taxing units could lose an estimated $1.9 million in revenues.

    August 18, 2014

  • Ambulance provider to leave communities

    Area hospitals say they are not sure what to make of Rural/Metro Corp.’s announcement to end ambulance services in some Indiana communities.

    August 18, 2014

  • Grant intended to lift college completion for 21st Century Scholars Fall classes at Ivy Tech Community College aren't set to begin for another week, but "college success coaches" from a company called InsideTrack are already contacting 21st Century Scholars to help them transition from high school to college.

    August 18, 2014

  • Jesse Wilkerson: Change is not always good, but sometimes necessary

    Remember when you graduated from high school? You and others started preparing yourself to take on more responsibility. A change occurred. Ready or not you were faced with more decisions that would have greater impact on your life.

    August 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0817 - beef production - 041 Sticker shock for meat The price of beef is up, costing the consumer about $1.50 to $2.50 a pound, as the nation experiences record high cattle prices as fewer cattle are headed to the market.

    August 17, 2014 2 Photos

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide