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Character Counts holds info meeting at community college

September 24, 2000

Character Counts holds info meeting at community college



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


Residents interested in learning more about Washington County Character Counts will be able to attend an eight-hour informational conference at Hagerstown Community College Friday, October 13.

Carolyn Brooks, chairwoman of the county's Character Counts program, said the conference is open to anybody interested in attending.

The program is based on the belief that good character is taught and can be learned by watching how others behave. It attempts to combat poor manners and bad behavior in society by teaching the "six pillars" of character - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship - through seminars, speeches and videos.

Local schools, colleges, businesses, churches, communities and youth organizations have endorsed the national initiative.

"We're looking for a cross-section of the community," Brooks said. "They can come and get a sense of what we're doing locally."

The conference will be held in the classroom building at HCC from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Those attending will attend four sessions that discuss parenting character as well as character in the community, law enforcement, education, sports, youth organizations and business and government.

For registering or any other information, contact Brooks at 301-739-8577 ext. 468 or 301-714-0943; Mary Ellen Waltemire at 301-791-1404 or Michele Wills at 301-733-5131 ext. 2433. Cost is $15 per person and includes breakfast and lunch.

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