HOPATCONG, NJ - Tulsa Trail School launched the theme of "Connecting with Character" earlier this month.
Using the Character Counts Program for Character Education, the school kicked off the new theme with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 7 to dedicate the main hallway as Respect Avenue. This event coincided with the Week of Respect, which was observed in schools across New Jersey.
All Tulsa Trail students and staff participated in the dedication ceremony. Salah Ibrahim cut the ribbon for the event, modeling a person who shows respect to others.
The Character Counts theme will be implemented at Tulsa Trail School throughout the curriculum, with components in all subject and special areas. School counselor Lisa Schuffenhauer received a grant from the Hopatcong Education Association to purchase different colored T-shirts for each classroom. Each color stands for one of the six pillars of character. Art teacher Britt Huss helped the students design a rainbow to decorate the Character Counts T-shirts.