Character Education

Bastrop County character education

Matching 12 Character Traits with 12 months, students and the community learn more about good character regularly with a slogan "Building Good Citizens for Texas" of the Bastrop County Character Education program.

The program funds provides scholarships to students in public schools around the county and for character programming. Trait of the Month poster sponsorships provide the funding for this program, and the posters are distributed inside the school districts and out in the respective communities.

The non-profit Smithville Education Foundation currently manages the county-wide character trait program.

VOLUNTEERING

We currently have five delivery routes for posters which take around 2 hours to deliver once a month (less if it's a 2-person team - one to drive and one to run the poster in to the businesses), and we welcome volunteers. Students may use this time as volunteer hours for their school organizations and for their college and employment resumes - we will provide a letter upon request.

Keep reading for the Scholarship Application, a list of each Trait and its definition, and a history of the program.

Thank your Trait of the Month Poster Sponsors:

Best Friends Boarding, Liberty Tax Service, Smithville Police Association, Brad Carter - State Farm, Doug's Plumbing, Bastrop ISD, State Representative John Cyrier District 17, The Ralph-Land Group, Ladies of Charity, Jason Tatum - All City Real Estate, The Dentists, Iron Tiger Gym, Classic Bank, Smithville Community Clinic, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, Apple Lumber, Farm Bureau - Bastrop, Lost Pines Art Alliance, Austin Community College, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, Roscoe State Bank, Tuck Law Group

Scholarships 2021-22 : NOW OPEN

Applications are now being accepted for the BCCE Character Merit Scholarship for graduating seniors.

Bastrop County Character Education program promotes good character and volunteerism, and provides scholarship for students in public schools seeking post K-12 education via college or trades. The completed application, short essay and references are required to apply. Deadline for receipt is March 12, 2022 via email, mail or delivered to your school counselor. We encourage all interested graduating seniors to apply.

Contact Fran Hunter at 512-801-4200 with questions or email smithvilleeducationfoundation@gmail.com

Download the 2021-22 BCCE Character Merit Scholarship Application.

BCCE Scholarship application 2021-22.docx

RESPECT

Being polite to others in how we speak and act towards them.

JUSTICE

Upholding fair and lawful behavior, and imposing discipline on those who don’t follow the rules.

HONESTY

Telling the truth, being straightforward, and having actions free from fraud.

SELF-RELIANCE

Having confidence in your own self worth with the ability to rely on your strengths.

RESPONSIBILITY

Doing the things you are expected to do, and accepting the consequences of your actions.

SELF-DISCIPLINE

Being able to control yourself, to work hard, and to behave without needing anyone else to tell you what to do.

COMPASSION

Caring about others, treating them with kindness, and helping people in need.

TRUSTWORTHINESS

Being honest and following strong ethical values so that people respect and trust you.

PERSEVERANCE

Starting something and continuing to do it until it is complete, despite any obstacles or difficulties along the way.

HONOR

Doing what is right, ethical, moral, and respectful.

LOYALTY

Staying firm in your friendships, or supporting a person or a cause.

PATRIOTISM

Honoring and supporting the United States of America by our words and actions, and encouraging others to do the same.

HISTORY BEHIND THE PROGRAM

The program was established by former school teacher and Bastropian Evelyn Weilert as a way to bring good character training back into the schools. While traveling around the state to obtain agreements with school districts, Mrs. Weilert also spoke to city councils and county governments to certify them as proponents of the program. In Bastrop County, the cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville and the County of Bastrop are all certified as a City of or County of Character. In time the program, which has the slogan "Building Good Citizens for Texas," was expanded to include everyday citizens in the communities.