By: Andrea Rentuza, Grade 8

PRESIDENT Abraham Lincoln once said, “Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.” To many, this quote means that character is like a tree which bears the shadow of their reputation whether it be good or bad.

Throughout history, character education has been the shared responsibility of parents, teachers and members of the community, who come together to support positive character development. Students spend such a great majority of their young lives at school, which is an opportunity to reinforce the core values upon which character is formed.

People should give more attention to character because it is the foundation upon which other qualities are built. In real life, success is measured not by how many definitions students memorize in their textbooks, but by the values upon which they follow. It is the character of a person which allows them to be able to change the world.

Childlink is a School of Character because it gives priority to developing and enhancing the values which may be inherent to every student. Childlink understands that each student has the great potential in becoming a better individual if steered with the proper guidance.

In fact, numerous international delegates and a number of schools, such as St. Paul College in Pasig, who came to visit and ask about the different initiatives and practices that Childlink does as a School of Character. In a way, Childlink was able to help our community by spreading ideas and sharing insights to these schools, and somehow contribute to the improvement of other students.

Here in school, I have learned that character is what makes people who they are. It is the distinctive mark of an individual. However, it isn’t something that one is necessarily born with. It depends partly upon nature, but largely on environment and training. Here in Childlink, the Linkers’ values are prioritized and applied to daily activities to remind each student of its essence. As the saying by Albert Einstein goes, “Try not to be a man of success, but a man of value who will give more than he receives.”

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