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We’re pleased to invite Iowans to contribute to our mission through submitting a guest blog. Today’s guest blog is from Trent Grundmeyer, Principal at Hampton-Dumont High School.

Hampton-Dumont High School teaches what it means to have good character as well as rewards students when they are caught doing things that display high character.

Our goal is not only to create students who are smart but also students who will make good neighbors. We provide solid examples of role models to the students who will address them on an array of topics. Not only will these efforts promote student character but also teachers and other staff may also benefit and be held to high standards of character. Good character is becoming contagious at HDHS.

A committee of 3 lead teachers and ten student leaders comprise our CHARACTER COUNTS! Committee at HDHS. These students and teacher drive our program and initiatives. The students have had the courage to stand up to teachers and their peers about why we plan and carry out the lessons and speakers that we do each week. They have also had the courage to introduce speakers who are hosted 3-4 times throughout the school year to address the student body on a topic of character.

Some of the character speakers we have hosted at Hampton-Dumont High School include Dan Gable, Thomas Hill, Miss Iowa, VJ Smith, Rick Neilsen, Simon Estes, among others. These same committee members also help during routine Award Assemblies at the high school. They help hand out t-shirts to students, who receive character nominations throughout the quarter, introduce honor roll and perfect attendance recipients, and help organize the assembly all together.

This committee has given CHARACTER COUNTS! at HDHS merit and helped provide a character education curriculum and lessons that are most relevant for high school students. I would encourage other schools (especially high schools) to get teachers trained and set up a CHARACTER COUNTS! Committee.

The staff and students continue to promote CHARACTER COUNTS! and I look forward to guiding all students and staff in the pursuit of being the best people they can be.

Check out Hampton-Dumont High School’s website.


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