May 2014: Orderliness

Orderliness is the ability to be consistently structured and organized. Being an orderly person means that you are always considerate of your time, your resources, and others. An orderly person does not procrastinate and waste their time. They identify what they need to do and do it. An orderly person does not waste their resources. They understand that everything has a place and use, and they do their best to maximize that use. An orderly person does not forget the needs of others. They work with people to make sure that everything is done as a team. Orderly people are those who make sure that everything is in its right place.


“A good system shortens the road to the goal.” – Orison Swett Marden


Selected Readings

The Lincolns Candace Fleming
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
Poppy Avi
Watership Down Richard Adams
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Robert C. O’Brien
Redwall Brian Jacques





Profiles in Orderliness



Franklin Chang-Diaz, Former NASA Astronaut

Franklin Chang Diaz was one of the most renowned astronauts in the history of NASA. He flew in a record seven space missions and is a member of the astronaut Hall of Fame. Franklin was born in Costa Rica. However, he was so overcome with his love for the United States that he became a U.S. citizen.

Benjamin Franklin, Politician

Benjamin Franklin is perhaps one of our most influential and recognizable American heroes. Benjamin was a successful printer, writer, politician, and scientist. He was easily one of the smartest men in early American history. In addition to being a newspaper editor, the first U.S. Postmaster General, and a United States Ambassador to both Sweden and France, Franklin was also the governor of Pennsylvania. Benjamin Franklin was the ultimate citizen of the United States of America.

April 2014: Trustworthiness



Trustworthiness is the ability to earn the future trust of another person by being honest and accurate about past facts. A person is considered truthful by continually giving accurate reports. Being a truthful person is a constant action, not something that is infrequent. Trustworthiness extends beyond a person’s words; his or her actions are as, or sometimes more, important than a person’s words.


“Honesty is always the best policy”


-George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America

 Selected Readings

Book  Author
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Russell Freedman
The Lincolns Candace Fleming
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
Koa’s Seed Carolyn Han
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie


Profiles in Trustworthiness


Ralph David Abernathy

Ralph David Abernathy was one of the most prominent civil rights leaders during the 1950s and 1960s. After serving in the United States Army and receiving a degree from Alabama State University and Atlanta University, Ralph served side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on many protests and boycotts. Dr. King once called Ralph, “the best friend that I have in the world.” Ralph’s loyalty and dedication to equal treatment for everyone showed a tremendous amount of character.


Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a social reformer, who along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the face of the women’s suffrage movement. She fought tirelessly throughout her life to improve the rights of women. In addition to fighting for women’s rights, Susan was an abolitionist who opposed slavery. She even helped Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad. Her efforts eventually led to women earning the right to vote.


George Washington

George Washington, the 1st President of the United States of America, is often referred to as the father of our country. In addition to being the first commander in chief of the continental army, he also presided over the Constitutional Convention, where the United States Constitution was created and ratified. President Washington was well-known for being exceptionally honest. There is even the tale of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree when he was a child and telling the truth when he was confronted by his father.



March 2014: Virtue


“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let facts get in the way of your imagination.” The American humorist Sam Levenson once said that. When we typically think of virtues, we think of our positive qualities and what good things we want from our lives. Virtue is actually our high moral standards and how we strive to do the right things in our everyday lives. Webster’s Dictionary defines virtue as “having morally good behavior or character.” That is why we believe that character is an important part of our lives! Virtuous people try every day to make the world a better place.


Virtuous Americans – Past and Present

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

President Lincoln was one of the most beloved presidents in the history of our great country! He strived to bring us together by eliminating slavery with the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation. He also wanted every American to have the opportunity to go to college, so he created the Morrill Act, which created land-grant colleges all over the country to include Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, and even the University of Arizona! Abraham Lincoln believed that all men were created equal and that liberty should be for everyone.


Thurgood Marshall, Former Supreme Court Justice

Thurgood Marshall was known as the first Black United States Supreme Court Justice. However, Thurgood was much, much more. He was a champion of civil rights for all people, regardless of race, color, or gender. “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Marshall fought to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson, which allowed segregation in the United States. He argued for equal rights in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.


Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen was the first Latina to be elected to the United States Congress. Ileana immigrated to the United States when she was young, escaping the Communist forces of Cuba. and became an advocate of human rights around the world. She also has campaigned tirelessly to promote equal rights and fair treatment for everyone.   



February 2014: Wisdom

February 2014



Our attribute for this month is wisdom. Wisdom is typically an attribute that denotes maturity and poise. Being wise doesn’t necessarily mean being the smartest person. Being wise means that you have used your intellect, as well as your understanding and life experiences to have a different perspective than those who are unwise. Virtually all of our American heroes, both past and present, were wise and used their wisdom to make our country great.

Attribute Quote

“Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.



Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Featured Reading




The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories

By Adwoa Badoe








January 2014: Responsibility

January 2014




Responsibility is the state or fact that you have a duty or obligation to something or someone. A responsible person can be trusted to complete tasks without supervision. A responsible person acts with integrity and does not lie about things. A responsible person accepts blame for things that are their fault and work to make their lives and the lives of those around them better.With great power comes great responsibility.

Attribute Quote

The price of greatness is responsibility.


Sir Winston Churchill


Featured Readings



 The Value of Responsibility: The Story of Ralph Bunche

By Ann Donegan Johnson









September Attribute is Attentiveness ~

A ttentiveness
Being intent; observant; regarding a situation or person with care. When a person is attentive to the words, the manner and matter of a speaker at the same time. Demonstrating that the person is worthy by giving genuine attention and consideration to their words.

Attribute Quote

“When we want to talk, we can instead listen, and let our attentiveness to another’s need to speak be our silent statement.”

- Bryant McGill

Featured Reading

How Full is your Bucket?” For Kids, by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer


May’s attribute is Orderliness. Orderliness reveals character and it promotes peace. Before something can be ordered, its purpose must be understood. Orderliness requires us to step back and look at the bigger picture.


April: This month’s attribute is Discernment. We all make choices every day. Some choices are more difficult than others. These choices come with consequences, good and bad, so using discernment is very important. Good character takes work so remember to make your choices wisely.