Character spirit week is typically a week celebration capped by the Homecoming dance and football game. It's designed to help focus students thoughts on people of character. Asking students to dress as a person of character gets the kids thinking about what well-known people have done to show character so they can pick one person to dress up as during spirit week.
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Choose from various literary figures when choosing who to dress as for character spirit week. Flip through your favourite books and look for people who behaved with dignity in the face of trial. Some examples include: Abbigail March, the mother of the four featured in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" or Tom Sawyer, the young boy who befriends a slave in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Choose characters from books made into popular movies such J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series or C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia."
Look to the sciences to find people who exhibit the proper ethical behaviour for character spirit week. Consider scientists and medical professionals such as Aristotle, Einstein, Isaac Newton or Florence Nightingale. You don't have to look into the past for worthy figures in this category. Consider Harold Amos, the first African-American Department Chair in Harvard Medical School or Marie Maynard Daly, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the United States. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1974.
Popular culture is filled with appropriate figures for character spirit week. Tom Brokaw is a well-known journalist who writes and speaks on the sacrifices made by families and soldiers during The Great Depression and World War II. Diana, Princess of Wales worked with AIDS victims and those impacted by landmines. Brad Pitt and Harry Connick Jr. have been instrumental in the rebuilding efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi after the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The world of sports is filled with well-known figures who exemplify the behaviour suitable for character spirit week. Arthur Ashe was the first African-American tennis player to win a singles title at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, as well as the Australian Open. Gymnast Shawn Johnson is actively involved in community support, raising funds for local and national charities alike.
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