Belleville students are taught daily at school that character counts, and last week we all got a lesson in the value and importance of character in the community also.
Twelve adults were honored as Citizens of Character at the annual dinner for the Belleville Achieves Strength in Character Initiative. These people work or volunteer in the city in a variety of ways -- education, neighborhood associations, community organizations and religious groups are a few examples. Their paths are different but they share the common goal of making Belleville a better, stronger place.
These honorees live the mantra that character counts, and we thank them for their contributions. Hopefully their example will inspire others to show their character regularly and give back to the community.