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Celebrating Character in Hamilton Southeastern Schools

October 01, 2019

On Friday, September 28, Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern High Schools participated in the first-ever Character Day in Hamilton Southeastern School District. The event gave students and teachers in the district the opportunity to learn more about themselves, engaging in discussion about their character strengths and personality.

Character Day is an annual event first started by the organization Let it Ripple in 2014. The day is centered towards the idea of celebrating individual differences and encouraging conversation about character development. The 2019 Let it Ripple Character Day is specifically focused on character development and its relationship with technology.

Days like Character Day offer the opportunity to build an inter-school connection. This connection supports 2019 Hamilton Southeastern goals to foster a sense of belonging and individuality for students and staff alike within schools. “It’s been awesome to see the conversations going on in the school that don’t typically happen,” said Hamilton Southeastern Assistant Principal Jagga Rent.

In correlation with Character Day, Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern spent Thursday and Friday talking about character in their SMaRT periods and classrooms. High school students and teachers were directed towards a character quiz that helped them examine their most prominent character traits, then used the results to lead discussions regarding character development and interpersonal relations. At Hamilton Southeastern High School, students also had the opportunity to sign up for slots with counselors and a small group of their peers to interpret and discuss their character strengths. “We’re all human beings, and it’s a learning process, learning about who we are,” said Fishers High School counselor Matt Swain. By engaging in these conversations, students and teachers have the chance to learn about themselves in a way that is beneficial to their expression and their interaction with others in daily life.

Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern High Schools do intend to continue with character day in the following years, using the Let it Ripple program as a template for talking about character and personality topics. For more information, visit viacharacter.org/survey or letitripple.org/character
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