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What is PACE?:

What is PACE? Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) is a grassroots Spokane Valley initiative to promote the importance of good character through partnerships…

What is PACE?:

What is PACE? …partnerships with schools, businesses, public agencies, residents, faith-based organizations and community service groups.

What is PACE?:

What is PACE? Working from a common list of monthly character traits, partners will strive to promote and integrate each trait into the regular activities of the organization.

What is character education?:

What is character education? It is the intentional effort by schools and communities to develop in their students important qualities such as honesty, respect, responsibility and citizenship.

What is character education?:

What is character education? Character education helps students to judge what is right, desire good, and then do what is right.

What is character education?:

What is character education? It teaches students how to build good character traits to help improve student attitudes and academic performance.

What is character education?:

What is character education? It also helps reduce and/or prevent disciplinary problems in and out of the classroom, and nurture a strong work ethic to create a productive future work force.

Partnership Pledge (Will you join us?):

Partnership Pledge (Will you join us?) Yes! Our organization pledges to partner in advancing character education and join the PACE initiative to raise awareness about the importance of good character throughout our community.

Partnership Pledge:

Partnership Pledge We understand that we are an integral part to the success of PACE and will commit to the program in a way that fits our organization. As a partner, we agree to allow PACE to list our organization’s name to represent our commitment to character education.

How does PACE work?:

How does PACE work? Each month features a character “trait of the month” which is the focus of a multi-faceted communication, motivation and educational program for an entire month. For example, “honesty” as a trait could be addressed in many ways.

How does PACE work in schools?:

How does PACE work in schools? Discussions of “honesty” are integrated into classroom and school-wide activities for the month, reinforced with special projects and activities, and tied to achievement awards or other positive feedback methods.

How does PACE work in schools?:

How does PACE work in schools? Community leaders, acting as “Character Champions,” are invited to speak to illustrate the trait and motivate students.

How does PACE work at home?:

How does PACE work at home? Parents are encouraged through school materials, parent meetings, volunteer programs and visibility of the trait in their community to discuss “honesty” and other traits with their children.

How does PACE work at home?:

How does PACE work at home? A practical lesson in “honesty” and “generosity” is encouraging children to have a “Change Box” to collect loose change for the disadvantaged in our community through Spokane Valley Partners.

How does PACE work in the community?:

How does PACE work in the community? Businesses, civic organizations and community service groups are asked to support the “honesty” message through discussions, programs and various means of communications with their employees and/or members.

How does PACE work in the community?:

How does PACE work in the community? They are asked to carry out their partnership level commitment on an on-going basis. Local college and community classes also include discussion about the importance of “honesty” with participants.

How does PACE work in the media?:

How does PACE work in the media? Public service announcements are produced defining and advocating “honesty”. News releases inform the media of relevant events and activities.

What are the character traits?:

What are the character traits? Building on the character education program established in the West Valley School District in 1998, the PACE initiative adopted WVSD’s existing 10 character traits and expanded the list through a community effort by adding two more traits to cover a full 12-month time period.

Twelve Character Traits:

Twelve Character Traits Trustworthiness Citizenship Respect Honesty Fairness Courage Responsibility Diligence Caring Integrity Generosity Gratitude

September: Respect:

September: Respect Recognizing, considering and properly honoring the worth of one’s self and others

October: Responsibility:

October: Responsibility Being accountable, the pursuit of excellence, and the exercise of self-control

November: Citizenship:

November: Citizenship Positively contributing to society and community as well as dutifully respecting authority and the law

December: Caring:

December: Caring Showing a genuine concern for the welfare of others and being a kind, supportive helper

January: Fairness:

January: Fairness Treating people and ideas with justice and impartiality

February: Honesty:

February: Honesty Sincerity and reverence or love for the truth

March: Diligence:

March: Diligence Persistence, dedication and hard work

April: Trustworthiness:

April: Trustworthiness Inspiring complete reliability and confidence in his/her truthfulness, integrity and discretion

May: Courage:

May: Courage Displaying integrity in spite of obstacles and challenges

June: Integrity:

June: Integrity Living a set of values which includes honesty, respect for others and a sense of personal responsibility

July: Generosity:

July: Generosity Unselfish giving and sharing of resources, time and talents with others

August: Gratitude:

August: Gratitude Feeling and expressing thankful appreciation for benefits received

Why these twelve traits?:

Why these twelve traits? Of the hundreds offered, these 12 were considered the most needed to be emphasized in today’s moral climate… at school, in the home, and in the community.

PACE Founders:

PACE Founders Avista, State Farm, Better Business Bureau, KiDDS Dental, National Football League, City of Liberty Lake, City of Spokane Valley, ITT Technical Institute, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. . .

PACE Founders:

PACE Founders . . .Whitworth University, Millwood Presbyterian Church, Central Valley School District, East Valley School District, Freeman School District, West Valley School District, and ChangePoint Spokane.

PACE Founders:

PACE Founders The team has also received offers of support from Clear Channel Communications, ScottGraphics and Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

Donating to PACE:

Donating to PACE The Northeast Washington Education Council (NEWEC) is the designated fiscal agent for PACE. Contributions may be sent to 4202 S. Regal, Spokane, WA 99223. NEWEC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Character Champions:

Character Champions Character Champions are available to speak to your group. Please contact Steve “29” Wilson, ChangePoint Spokane, at 509.927-1153 ext 28

From the PACE team,

From the PACE team, Thank you!

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