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Character Education: A Major Focus for Texas Schools and Communities

Bastrop, TX, September 06, 2007 --( Integrating character education into all aspects of community life is increasingly the focus in many Texas towns. On August 28, 2007 the Bastrop City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution pledging “its commitment to character, and doing all in its power to become known as a City of Character by encouraging character in its homes, schools, churches, city government, businesses, media and community groups, and urges the leaders of each of these entities to do likewise.”

This action is a continuation of Bastrop’s emphasis on the importance of character, not just in the schools, but in the entire community. It has been shown by the Journal of Research in Character Education, Texas Education Agency findings, as well as statistics from various law enforcement agencies, that effective Character Education reduces juvenile offenses and recidivism rates.

A commitment to character requires no capital investment, just a decision by individuals and communities to model good character in all of our actions, and to help others do the same. These small decisions help children emulate the good character traits they see in their community leaders, thus making all of our towns safer and kinder places to live.

If you would like more information on integrating character education in Texas schools and communities please contact Evelyn Weilert from Building Good Citizens for Texas, the initiative being implemented in many Texas schools, including Bastrop schools, and now in the entire community of Bastrop, Texas.

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