POMEROY — The week of Oct. 15-21 is recognized as National Character Counts week.
On Thursday, leading up to the week, the Meigs County Commissioners issued a proclamation regarding the week.
Staff from the Meigs Middle School and Elementary School after school kids programs, which are funded through the 21st Century Grant, were present at the meeting for the proclamation and to explain a little about the week and the program. Present were program coordinator Josie Russell and service coordinators Amy Wilson and Chelsie Barnes.
This is at least the 5th year Meigs Local has taken part in the program, with the commissioners recognizing the week each year through a proclamation.
Part of the after school program includes the requirement for a character related program, with Meigs Local utilizing the Character Counts curriculum.
The Character Counts program is administered by the Josephson Institute and focuses on the Six Pillars of Character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
In proclaiming Character Counts Week, the commissioners encouraged the community to “set a good example for our young people by exemplifying the six pillars of character.”
Similar proclamations and resolutions were issued by President Donald Trump, the United States Senate and other officials.
As part of Character Counts Week, students take part in contests, color days and other activities.
In other business, the commissioners approved the vacating of a right-of-way in Pageville with the 20 foot right of way to be deeded equally to the property owners on each side. This was done on the recommendation of County Engineer Gene Triplett, the township trustees and with the agreement of the property owners. The right of way has never been used as a roadway and is unnamed.
The commissioners also issued a reminded of a change in their weekly meeting for this week. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 rather than the usual Thursday meeting. This is to allow for the commissioners to attend a regional meeting on Thursday.