Age: 7 The Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship



Highland Elementary School, Visalia Unified School District

Pillar: Respect

"Mario is one of the most respectful students I have had the pleasure of teaching. He is always showing kindness to all students, even if one of them is not being very nice to him. A student was calling him bad words and names one day. Mario turned around and said, 'I know you don't mean that and I forgive you!' I was listening at a distance and I told Mario that he did the right thing and that he is treating others the way he would like to be treated!"

Visalia Times-Delta, Tulare Advance-Register Tulare County Office of Education