Developing Character at Forest Edge

Developing Character at Forest Edge

On Friday, April 13, Cate Fulkerson, Chairman of the Reston Character Counts! Coalition presented a $500 check to Forest Edge Elementary School for the school’s continued effort in teaching character development to its students.

Annually, Forest Edge Elementary participates the Coalition’s Essay & Poster Contest, “Do The Right Thing”. Students are asked to either write a 1,000-word essay about a person in the Reston community they consider to be a good citizen or, create a poster, with a scene of someone doing the right thing practicing the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Over 70 of the school’s students entered the contest this year. The winners were selected based on the use and impact of the Six Pillars of Character in their entries.

Every student that participated in the contest received a certificate of appreciation. This year’s Essay & Poster Contest sponsor was Reston Town Center.

4th Grade Essay Winners:

Alla Cartwright, “My Coach El-Motaz Sonbol”

Scott Chappell, “John Chung”

4th Grade Poster Winners:

Elizabeth Ayers Bohnslav, “Character Counts; Choose The Right Path”

Louis Kang, The Six Pillars of Character”

5th Grade Essay Winners:

Daniel Bukari, “Vanessa Bush; My Baby-sitter”

Alexandra Cozzens, “Ms. Hutchinson; Counselor”

6th Grade Essay Winners:

Erica Glaser, “My Sister, Sarah Glaser”

Sarthak Sahu, “Mrs. Rohlfs”

Hailey Shur, Essay “Mrs. Davidson, Friend”

Melissa Westfall, Essay “A Good Citizen; Mrs. Yolanda Maldonado”

6th Grade Poster Winners:

Zophie Quan, “The Good Six Pillars”

Ashkan Mohammadi, “This is My Mom Teaching PT Art”

Allyson DeMerlis, “Character Counts”

Debbie Druckerman, “Do The Right Thing”

Michael Osgood, “Character Counts”

Natalie Elsawy, “Do The Right Thing”

Sequoia Carrillo, “Character Counts To Us”

Micheal Cooper, “The Six Traits of Good Character”