Thursday, September 28, 2000

City pledges to build character

Goal is to strengthen families and communities

        Cincinnati officials on Wednesday added the Queen City to a growing list of communities nationwide focusing on building character.

        A resolution passed by City Council asks all residents to pledge their commitment to character and to promote it in schools, churches, businesses and elsewhere.

        City leaders announced the new initiative flanked by support ers, including Cintas Corp. Chairman Richard Farmer; former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz; and Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Steven Adamowski.

        “We're declaring ourselves a city of character, because that's what we aspire to be,”said Councilman Phil Heimlich, who worked to bring the program to Cincinnati for more than a year. “We know that we haven't arrived yet, but we know that's where we want to be.”

        The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is a nonprofit group established this year. Its mission is to strengthen the character of families and communities by following 49 qualities. Among them: alertness, benevolence, faith, humility, meekness, punctuality and thriftiness.

        Key qualities will be promoted through public-service announce ments. This month's is “Loyalty — using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve.”

        Cincinnati police officers and firefighters will start new character training next month, paid for by donations to the program.

        The local council is affiliated with Character First! and the International Association of Character Cities, based in Oklahoma. More than 700 schools nationwide use the program's projects and songs about character.


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