Kids Show Good Personal Values

The 46 K-12 students at the recent PACE banquet in Spokane Valley were notgold ribbon 150x150 Kids Show Good Personal Values being honored for good grades. Nor were they being recognized for winning at sports or performing in the school play. No, these kids were being recognized for something even more important: Demonstrating good character.

“Character determines who you have been, who you are, and who you will be,” said recipient Avery Oja, a middle school student.

Over the past nine months, teachers and guidance counselors nominated honorees for demonstrating the following exceptional character traits:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Citizenship
  • Kindness
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Diligence
  • Trustworthiness
  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Generosity
  • Gratitude

In these troubled times, when the dubious ethics of CEOs, pro athletes, and other celebrities seem constantly in the news, it’s nice to know that some kids are still doing the right thing. And to see the adults around them validating this behavior.

Do you think our world could use a little more gratitude, kindness or courage? I sure feel it could. Maybe these kids can show us the way. 

PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) is a Spokane Valley organization in which parents, teachers, kids, businesses and the faith-based community unite to promote and foster good character. Visit their website at Or contact your local BBB to see if its education foundation has a similar program.

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.