Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know about my platform and why I am so supportive of Character Counts.
Character Counts began in 1992 by Michael Josephson in honor of his parents. It is a common language of core ethical values that works with your programs pre-existing curriculum. It teaches values known as the 6 pillars of character which are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. It helps kids make better choices in everyday life. Character Counts will change the lives of 7 million kids nationwide this year... How Amazing!
Being a sixth grade teacher, I have seen the changes these 6 pillars can have on a child and have witnessed the difference they have made in their lives. My hope is to reach as many people as possible and get them involved with their local Character Counts program and help change the lives of every child they meet.
"The good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires". We should all be great teachers and inspire all kids to show the 6 pillars of character in their life.
Participating in the Mrs. International Pageant was an amazing experience. I was honored to have the opportunity to represent my home state of California. The week was full of sightseeing trips, wonderful dinners and of course many rehearsals. It was great to meet all the other contestants. I love talking to them about their platforms and why they are passionate about them was a highlight for me. It is so incredible to see what these women are doing in their communities and states. I was so honored to have made the Top 10 and to stand with such a great group of outstanding women. Best of luck to the new Mrs. International 2010:Shannon Divine. My prayers will be with you all year as you inform the world about the importance of adoption. Thank you to everyone who sent flowers, text messages, cards and emails the week of the pageant. It meant so much to me to know that you all were thinking of me while I was in Chicago. See you in September for the California State Pageant. table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" bgcolor="#ffffff">
Last week I attended Bakersfield's West Rotary inaugural meeting for the 2010-2011 Club President Jim Darling. Since I know Jim personally he asked me if I would share with the audience my experience as Mrs. California Intl. 2010 and about my platform Character Counts. I was honored to speak at the meeting because it was full of people that my husband and I new. The Honorable Mayor Harvey L. Hall presented Doug Harvey, who is being inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame at the end of the month, with a Key to the City of Bakersfield and spoke about his amazing accomplishments in Baseball. Nicole Rubin who is the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Southern California gave an amazing and very educational talk about how the Ronald McDonald House Charities were started. They have 300 Houses in 30 Countries that help feed and shelter families who are taking care of sick children. Bakersfield opened it's own Ronald McDonald House in the Spring of 2009 and has offered many families the comfort, care and support that they need. I am so thankful that places like this exist for families. Part of the success of a Ronald McDonald House is due to donations and financial contributions from the city in which it is located. I am proud of my hometown and how the people here constantly give to others; We try to make the community the best that it can be. Our City slogan is " Bakersfield: Life as it should be", and it is so true.