POMEROY — Be a bucket filler, not a bucket dipper.
Those with children or grandchildren in school likely know what it means to be a “bucket filler” and a “bucket dipper.”
And for those who may not know, you are about to as as the Meigs County Commissioners discussed what it means to be a bucket filler while approving proclamations in recognition of Bucket Filler Week and Character Counts Week during Thursday’s weekly meeting.
Character Counts Weeks is to be observed Oct. 17-21, with Bucket Filler Week Oct. 23-29.
The proclamation for Character Counts Week, which was read by Commissioner President Tim Ihle, states, “The character of our nation is only as strong as the character of its individual citizens, and everyone benefits when young people learn that good character counts in personal relationships, as well as academic and professional settings.”
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.”
Before approving the Bucket Filler Week proclamation, Commissioner Randy Smith read the introduction to the book “How Full is Your Bucket?”
The concept of being a bucket filler or bucket dipper dates back to Dr. Donald O. Clifton in the 1960s.
According to the proclamation, the basic idea is that everyone carries an invisible bucket that contains feelings and when the buckets are full the person is happy. When the bucket is empty the individual is sad or angry. The goal is to fill the buckets of others and therefore filling one’s own bucket.
Both proclamations were presented to staff at Meigs Elementary School on Thursday morning.
Character Counts is a program used in the intermediate school, while the bucket filler program is used in the primary school.