Imagine a World
Imagine a world where young people are taught leadership skills before they ever leave high school—a world where our future mothers, fathers, employees and community leaders foster deeper relationships, serve with compassion and seek to serve first. That’s a world we’d like to live in, and it’s a world we can create.
Schools Can’t Do It Alone
Today’s schools face many challenges: limited public funding and teaching for mandated test-taking among them. But perhaps the worst are disruptive and defiant behaviors: behaviors that impede learning for all students as teachers must turn their attention from instruction to discipline—lowering academic performance, increasing delinquent behavior and following students from schools to workplaces and communities.
Social-Emotional Learning Offers a Solution
Character Lives is a new curriculum being integrated into high schools throughout the Coulee Region. Based on the Character Strong model created by educator John Norlin, it equips educators to teach our young students social skills and empathy. It has proven to transform schools into places that truly care about the well-being of others.
See the Research
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Be Part of the Solution
When students learn the value of kindness, service and empathy, they don't just walk out of school being competent at math and science—they walk away being capable, compassionate people—the future leaders of our community and our businesses. They understand that to lead is to serve.
Character Lives Needs Your Support
Please Join Dave and Barb Skogen, Misty Lown, Marvin Wanders, Patrick Clements and Character Lives and invest in our schools and students to create kinder communities and stronger leaders for tomorrow.
- Platinum Level $60,000 ($20,000 per year)
- Gold Level $30,000 ($10,000 per year)
- Silver Level $15,000 ($5,000 per year)
- Bronze Level $7,500 ($2,500 per year)
- School District Level $3,000 (1,000 per year)
- High School-Level $1,500 ($500 per year)
- Support a Teacher-Level $750 ($250 per year)
- Support a Student-Level $300 ($100 per year)
Return on Investment
We need community and corporate support to fully integrate Character Lives into our schools over the next three years. The return on investment will be immeasurable. How does one measure life satisfaction and intangible contributions to the community? What we can measure, however, is extraordinary. Research indicates that for every $1 invested in social-emotional learning, schools and communities will see a return of $11.
Support Character Lives
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