Every winter, Character Counts! in Glenview sponsors a writing contest for students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8.
The chosen topic, which is typically announced in January along with the contest deadline and details, incorporates one or a choice of the six pillars of character:
Trustworthiness — integrity, honesty, promise-keeping, loyalty
Respect — courtesy, dignity, diversity, the Golden Rule
Responsibility — duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence
Fairness — openness, consistency, impartiality
Caring — kindness, compassion, empathy
Citizenship — lawfulness, common good
Entries must be 350 words or less. Students are asked to put their names, addresses, phone numbers, grades and schools in the upper right hand corner of each page.
Entries are judged by a panel of professional writers. Winners are typically announced in early April and recognized by the Glenview Village Board of Trustees at an April board meeting.
Each student who enters the contest receives a ribbon. Awards are provided the three top winners at each grade level.
Sponsors of the contest include: Northview Bank & Trust, Glenview Optimists, Image Specialties and American Chartered Bank.