Character education is intentional and all-encompassing to a Fessenden boy’s experience. It comprises four major components:
- Strengthening boys’ emotional and physical well-being
- Promoting service learning and a sense of responsibility to others
- Teaching our core values of honesty, compassion, and respect
- Developing leadership skills
For younger boys, we start simply, focusing on “what it means to be a good friend,” and, “why we celebrate our differences.” We focus on one concept a month (such as “friendship” or “generosity”), which offers many opportunities for discussions and activities. Through repetition, we nurture kindness, inclusivity, and respect.
Over time, the values we instill benefit boys as they take on leadership opportunities, serve others, and become strong role models in the upper grades.