CHAR­AC­TER PIL­LARS

Col­ors brighten, pro­vide re­minders Home De­pot vol­un­teers paint Boys & Girls Club

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By DEN­NIS WY­ATT

Home De­pot vol­un­teers have helped give the front of the Man­teca Boys & Girls club­house a more kid friendly look while at the same time help­ing em­pha­size the six pil­lars of Char­ac­ter Counts.

Fif­teen Home De­pot em­ploy­ees from the Man­teca store and the Lathrop dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter vol­un­teered on their day off Satur­day to paint the brick pil­lars hold­ing up the club­house’s front trel­lis at 545 Alameda St. in the Char­ac­ter Counts col­ors — blue, yel­low, green, or­ange, red, and pur­ple.

“We wanted to tie into what Man­teca Uni­fied is do­ing in their schools with Char­ac­ter Counts as the kids are al­ready fa­mil­iar with it,” said Mark McCool who serves as the club’s oper­a­tions man­ager.

Home De­pot sup­plied all the ma­te­ri­als and paint as well as the vol­un­teers.

McCool said the club is now look­ing for spon­sors to cover the cost of fash­ion­ing per­ma­nent signs denot­ing what each Char­ac­ter Counts color means.

“Neigh­bors across the street and par­ents have com­mented about how it makes the club look cheerier and more invit­ing for kids,” McCool said.

The Char­ac­ter Count col­ors and their mean­ings:

▶ Trust­wor­thi­ness: (think true blue). It rep­re­sents the fol­low­ing: Be hon­est,; Don’t de­ceive, cheat, or steal; Be re­li­able — do what you say you’ll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal — stand by your fam­ily, friends, and coun­try

▶Re­spect: ( think the Golden Rule). It rep­re­sents the fol­low­ing: Treat oth­ers with re­spect by fol­low­ing the Golden Rule; Be tol­er­ant and ac­cept­ing of dif­fer­ences; Use good man­ners, not bad lan­guage; Be con­sid­er­ate of the feel­ings of oth­ers ; Don’t threaten, hit or hurt any­one; Deal peace­fully with anger, in­sults, and dis­agree­ments

▶Re­spon­si­bil­ity: ( think green for a gar­den or fi­nances or as in be­ing solid like an oak tree). It rep­re­sents the fol­low­ing: Do what you are sup­posed to do; Plan ahead; Per­se­vere: keep on try­ing; Al­ways do your best; Use self-con­trol; Be self- dis­ci­plined; Think be­fore you act — con­sider the con­se­quences; Be ac­count­able for your words, ac­tions, and at­ti­tudes; Set a good ex­am­ple for oth­ers

▶Fair­ness: ( think of di­vid­ing an or­ange into equal sec­tions to share fairly with friends). It rep­re­sents the fol­low­ing: Play by the rules; Take turns and share; Be open-minded; lis­ten to oth­ers; Don’t take ad­van­tage of oth­ers; Don’t blame oth­ers care­lessly; Treat all peo­ple fairly

▶Car­ing: ( think of a heart): It rep­re­sents the fol­low­ing: Be kind; Be com­pas­sion­ate and show you care; Ex­press grat­i­tude; Forgive oth­ers; Help peo­ple in need

▶Cit­i­zen­ship: ( think re­gal pur­ple as rep­re­sent­ing the state). It rep­re­sents the fol­low­ing: Do your share to make your school and com­mu­nity bet­ter; Co­op­er­ate; Get in­volved in com­mu­nity af­fairs; Stay in­formed and vote; Be a good neigh­bor; Obey laws and rules; Re­spect au­thor­ity; Pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment; Vol­un­teer

If you are in­ter­ested in help­ing spon­sor the signs con­tact McCool at the Boys & Girls Club, 239.KIDS.

Photo con­trib­uted

TOP PHOTO: Home De­pot vol­un­teers paint the pil­lars in front of the Boys & Girls Club. BOT­TOM PHOTO: A vol­un­teer starts to paint over the bricks.

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