Principal is a character for Character Day

CHESTERTOWN The elementary school principal stood in front of the auditorium with pink and black hair and lacy black sleeves. Sue Bulmer was dressed as a punk rocker, in response to a challenge to elementary students.

This is the first year weve put a big focus on character education, said elementary guidance counselor Deirdre Hill. We studied a different character trait each month. A character tree was mounted on the wall outside the principal's office and each month, parents or other adults would send in short stories of their children and how they had shown that months trait.

Things like Steven fed the dog every day, showing responsibility, Hill said. Bulmer offered a Principals Challenge, to get 500 character leaves on the tree by early June, and if they did, she had to come to school dressed as a punk rocker.

Last Wednesday was Character Day, and the elementary students had met the challenge. The day was filled with character-related activities, including a performance called Character Rocks by Brian Chevalier and Susan Hamlin.

We paired each sixth grade student with a kindergartner for the assembly, Hill said. That way they could share the experience.

Bulmer, complete in black hosiery and shoes along with her pink and black spiky hair, visited each classroom and the students all had a piece of character cake, made especially for the occasion.

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