For the past two decades, the third week of October has been synonymous with a major national celebration — the Character Counts! Week.
On Friday, County Commissioner Greg Nibert officially proclaimed it Character Counts! Week in Chaves County with the reading of a proclamation in front of more than 30 prominent community members, including Roswell Mayor Del Jurney and Character Counts! of Chaves County founder Alvin Jones, at the Joe Skeen Building.
Character Counts! Week festivities begin today with the annual zoo tour at the Spring River Park & Zoo at 8:30 a.m. The tour for elementary-age children will feature special guest speakers at each of the park’s Character Counts! pillars that represent the Six Pillars of Character.
On Wednesday, the Joe Skeen Building will again play host to a special event — Honor the Badge. The special presentation honors members of the county’s law enforcement agencies who have best exemplified the Six Pillars.
The two largest events of Character Counts! Week are slated for Thursday.
At 1 p.m., students and faculty members from Sunset Elementary will take part in the “Walking Away from Drugs” parade by walking from the school to the Roswell International Air Center for a rally at the park.
The signature event of the week is slated for 6 p.m. that night. The Super Celebration will be held at the commons area inside Roswell High School. Winners of the Character Counts! Week essay, poetry and art contests will be honored as part of the event.
Friday is Pillar Friday at the local schools, with students from the various schools each sporting shirts that correspond to the colors of the Six Pillars of Character.