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Our Programs

Partners for Community and Character is an all-inclusive, whole-community effort. We support a broad range of intentional program activities and learning resources with the goal of developing a more responsible, involved and compassionate community.


Character Quality of the Month

12 Community-Chosen Character and Citizenship Qualities

The PCC Character Qualities are posted monthly on the Village Green and are meant to stimulate individual thinking as well as create conversations regarding what the character words mean and how to live into them within our community.

Circle of Grandparents

A program that brings community "grandparents" into elementary classrooms to lead discussions on designated character traits of the month.

PCC and the Worthington School district administration support the Circle of Grandparents program, which has operated since the year 2000. It works in tandem with principals and teachers to provide character education based upon the twelve character traits celebrated across the community. Students spend time once per month thinking, talking and practicing the designated character quality with an elder volunteer. Each year we average 60+ volunteers covering up to 70 classrooms across all elementary schools, thus positively impacting 1,750 students.

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Character in Action

Our goal is to perform in each
Worthington elementary school

Character in Action (CIA) is a group of Worthington high school students who volunteer their time creating and performing skits that illustrate challenges many elementary students may face such as how to deal with a bully.  The performances offer positive solutions to these problems, emphasize the twelve character traits, and conclude with small-group discussions about the topic presented.

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Ella Moore Award of Character

Making a Difference

The PCC Character Award celebrates young people in the Worthington school district community who live out the PCC qualities of character in an extraordinary way. This award is named after Ella Moore, an administrator of Business Services for WSD, as she was one of the PCC founders and right in the “thick” of developing the organization. A high energy leader who’s mantra was …”yes we can do that” helped support PCC from it’s inception through retirement until her passing. PCC provides a $1,000 award to two graduating seniors each year who exemplify one or more of the PCC Character Qualities. Please read on to see how these young people reflect the best in our community. We know Ella Moore would be proud.

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Essay Contest

Doing What’s Needed

We host an annual essay contest for Worthington middle school students where they have a chance to write about the character traits that are most important in their lives.

This program started in recognition of the need to have greater reach with students beyond the elementary level. Four prompts for essay topics were developed by the School Committee.  The prompts are designed to encourage students to complete an essay with a focus on one of the twelve qualities of character. 

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