“To educate a person in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.”
The City, the Capistrano Unified School District, and Laguna Niguel Police Services have joined forces to educate our local youth about being people of good character. Character Counts! Is a character education program that teaches young people the six pillars of character. These pillar values promote trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Character Counts! is integrated into the school’s current curriculum, not as an add-on program. Children learn to demonstrate both their understanding of the six pillars, and their ability to apply these values in real situations. Interactive adults support Character Counts! children by using the six pillar language, teaching, enforcing, advocating and modeling good examples. By helping children build self-esteem, communication and leadership skills, children can develop into successful adults.
Laguna Niguel’s Character Counts! program is active in nearly every elementary, middle and high school that Laguna Niguel children attend. Our local Y.M.C.A. and Park and Recreation programs are also dedicated to Character Counts! The Laguna Niguel Character Counts! Coordinator is Deputy C. Martin who can be reached at (949) 362-4307.