Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 2.djvu/843

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PUBLIC LAW 103-301—AUG. 19, 1994 108 STAT. 1559 Whereas these Six Core Elements of Character are— (1) trustworthiness; (2) respect; (3) responsibility; (4) justice and fairness; (5) caring; and (6) civic virtue and citizenship. Whereas these Six Core Elements of Character transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences; Whereas the Aspen Declaration states that "The character and conduct of our youth reflect the character and conduct of society; therefore, eveiy adult has the responsibility to teach and model the core ethical values and every social institution has the responsibility to promote the development of good character."; Whereas the Congress encourages individuals and organizations, especially those who have an interest in the education and training of our youth, to adopt these Six Core Elements of Character as intrinsic to the well-being of individuals, communities, and society as a whole; and Whereas the Congress encourages communities, especially schools and youth organizations, to integrate these Six Core Elements of Character into programs serving students and children: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the week of October 16 through October 22, 1994, is designated as "National Character Counts Week", and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States and interested groups to embrace these Six Core Elements of Character and to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Approved August 19, 1994. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S.J. Res. 178: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 140 (1994): June 24, considered and passed Senate. Aug. 5, considered and passed House.