CHARACTER is a blend of beliefs, values, skills, traits, and temperament. It defines a person and his/her relationships with others.
Character is seen in an abundance of amazingly small vignettes around the Lower School at Trinity Valley. We define character as the part of us that shines through in adversities and in triumphs, and the attribute that guides us to do great things, even when no one is watching. From my window in the Lower School, I observe two buddies, giving up their recess to help an injured friend to the nurse, arm in arm. I see a child take a new classmate by the hand, and introduce her to friends. Character is seen in the group of children who decide to pick up trash after Field Day, because they choose, on their own, to leave the playground better than they found it. What makes character stand out in the children of TVS is the children’s desire to listen to their inner voices that whisper, “I will stand strong as a person because I believe it is always important to do the right thing…even when no one is watching.”
- Sandy McNutt, Head of Lower School