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To receive more information on character development, please contact:

Vernice Thomas
2500 Lee's Chapel Road
Greensboro, NC 27405
(336) 621-4026


The GCS Character Traits are a reflection of our values and our commitment to character building in our schools.  They give us a common language and focus for the work of intentional character education.

  1. Courage: Having the determination to do the right thing even when others don’t; having the strength to follow your conscience rather than the crowd; attempting difficult things that are worthwhile.
  2. Integrity: Having the inner strength to be truthful, trustworthy, and honest in all things; acting justly and honorably.
  3. Kindness: Being considerate, courteous, helpful, and understanding of others; showing care, compassion, friendship, and generosity; and treating others as you would like to be treated.
  4. Perseverance: Being persistent in the pursuit of worthy objectives in spite of difficulty, opposition, or discouragement; and exhibiting patience and having the determination and strength to try again when confronted with delays, mistakes, or failures.
  5. Respect: Showing high regard for other people, for self, for property, and for country; and understanding that all people have value as human beings.
  6. Responsibility: Being dependable in carrying out obligations and duties; showing reliability and consistency in words and conduct; being accountable for your own actions; and being committed to active involvement in your school and community.
  7. Self-discipline: Demonstrating hard work and commitment to purpose; regulating yourself for improvement and restraining from inappropriate behaviors; being in proper control of your words, actions, impulses, and desires; doing your best in all situations.
See Also:

Printable Version


Character Development Traits Video

GCS Character Education Monthly Themes

Southwest Elementary Respect Song



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