Someone’s character does indeed count on the Mid-Shore, thanks in part to the unique Character Counts! program that has been in existence since 1998 for Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties public school students. In fact, last year, over 8,200 students were coached in character skills by nearly 300 volunteers to make sure it does count.
Starting from a concern by local citizens that important personal values were not being addressed adequately in Eastern Shore schools during the 1990s, the nonprofit Character Counts! has been using their innovative approach to getting children and teenagers to think about and talk about the importance of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, in their everyday life.
Mid-Shore Character Counts Executive Director Susan Luby, who started with the organization over ten years ago, discusses in her Spy interview its history, commitment to Eastern Shore students, and funding challenges as it seeks to have a Character Counts! program for every classroom in the region.
For more information about Mid-Shore Character Counts! please go here. This video is approximately nine minutes in length. The Spy Community Profiles project is supported in part by the United Fund of Talbot County.