This event is highlighted as it has become known as a signature event of Orangeburg County Community of Character.
It is important to acknowledge great character; and it is crucial to instill great character at an early age. In our schools, years ago, guidance counselors (professional school counselors) introduced initiatives that highlighted the importance of integrating the teaching of character traits into the school curriculum. In 2002, a rippling affect took place in our schools. Classroom curriculum, guidance programs, school assemblies and community programs focused on character building. Counselors led the way for the implementation of these programs. Former school superintendent, Melvin Smoak, felt character building would assist in enhancing student achievement and help control school environments; therefore, he agreed to start a District-wide Outstanding Character Recognition Program for all fifth graders. This program has continued to grow and expand throughout the great County of Orangeburg.
Orangeburg County Community of Character, working with the professional school counselors at each school, brings together fifth graders from all across Orangeburg County and recognizes those who have exemplified outstanding character. Over 18 elementary schools and about 1500 fifth graders participate in this event. Students, faculty, administrators, public officials and special guests share and hear messages promoting good character. The program also features special performances and a keynote motivational speaker.
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