Since 1999, Character Counts in Fort Dodge has worked to provide youths with opportunities to develop important character values and leadership skills.
With the ultimate goal of helping young people reach their full potential and become positive and productive members of the community, Character Counts emphasizes the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
In recognition, Fort Dodge has been recognized as 2012's Community of Character by Character Counts in Iowa.
Pam Bunte, coordinator of Character Counts in Fort Dodge, led a delegation to West Des Moines on Aug. 3 to accept the award from former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray, chairman of the Iowa Character Counts board.
During the ceremony, Scott Raecker, executive director of Character Counts in Iowa, praised Fort Dodge' commitment to the principals of Character Counts. The Fort Dodge organization, said Raecker, has long been at the forefront of the movement, transcending the classroom by offering Character Counts training for city employees, as well as undertaking numerous charitable endeavors.
This award should serve as a source of pride for the entire community. The Messenger congratulates Character Counts in Fort Dodge and looks forward to continuing to spread the word of their worthy endeavors.