December: Commitment to Character Charity: Displaying compassion and support by making donations or volunteering to help others in need.

Three Words A Day

Dec. 1 Donate your time.

Dec. 2 Inspire good actions.

Dec. 3 With great love.

Dec. 4 Happiness of others.

Dec. 5 Change the world.

Dec. 6 Volunteer to help.

Dec. 7 Stop at nothing.

Dec. 8 Contribute to community.

Dec. 9 Believe in yourself.

Dec. 10 Spread your wealth.

Dec. 11 Feed the hungry.

Dec. 12 Meet others’ needs.

Dec. 13 Give before receiving.

Dec. 14 Welcome the unwanted.

Dec. 15 Lift others up.

Dec. 16 Take initiative now.

Dec. 17 Respect our world.

Dec. 18 Help the needy.

Dec. 19 Positivity affects others.

Dec. 20 Find your gift.

Dec. 21 Look for need.

Dec. 22 Give away smiles.

Dec. 23 Spread sunshine everywhere.

Dec. 24 Give to charity.

Dec. 25 Give to others.

Dec. 26 Share the wealth.

Dec. 27 Help your neighbor.

Dec. 28 Give others comfort.

Dec. 29 Want to help.

Dec. 30 Connect to community

Dec. 31 Give your all.

What would you do?

Dinner Dilemmas

To create family discussions that promotes Character Education in Pinellas County.

Dinner Dilemmas are designed to be sent home once a month with the students. Schools that send home a weekly newsletter could print one dilemma each week in its publication. During the week families are asked to discuss the dilemma. It is hoped that families will talk about the dilemma and decide how the character quality of the month relates to the situation presented. It is further hoped that families will discuss the dilemma of the week and decide how the character quality of the month applies to each family member.

Week 1

Situation: Sue’s aunt gives her $10.00. Sue wants to buy a book that cost $9.95 at the school Book Fair. As she walks to the Book Fair Sue sees the collection box for donations to hurricane victims.

Dilemma: On the one hand Sue really wants the book. On the other hand, Sue really cares about the hurricane victims.

Discussion: What is your advice for Sue?

Week 2

Situation: Sam’s elderly neighbor needs help cleaning up their yard after a big storm. Sam’s best friend is extremely sad because they just lost their family pet.

Dilemma: On the one hand Sam really wants to help their neighbor. On the other hand, Sam really cares about his best friend and wants to be there for him.

Discussion: What is your advice for Sam?

Week 3

Situation: Sue was invited to a holiday dance. She needs a really nice dress for the dance. Sue's friend was also invited to the holiday dance, but does not have a dress, nor can she afford one.

Dilemma: On the one hand Sue really wants to go to the holiday dance. On the other hand, Sue really cares about her friend that is not going to go to the dance because she cannot afford the dress.

Discussion: What is your advice for Sue?

Quote of the Week

"Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out." Frank. A. Clark
"You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." John Wooden
"Success in life comes does not come from what we have, but from what we give. Giving someone a present is one type of generosity. But, giving your time, your talents or your friendship can make an even bigger difference." Calvin Coolidge
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Ghandi