You may have been visiting at a friend’s home and seen a magnet on the refrigerator similar to the character banners in downtown Aiken.

That is in recognition of a student having received an award for good character at the recent Celebration of Character event. Or you may have seen one of 223 students in Aiken wearing a bright blue “I’m a Character Kid” bracelet. That also is a sign that the student was honored at the Celebration of Character event held May 10 at St. Angela Hall. The student may be from a public school, private school or home school, and could be elementary, middle school, or high school age, and was nominated by someone from the school for outstanding character. The bracelets can be worn as an outward sign of their recognition. The 23 seniors from among this group received an additional certificate and monetary award given in memory of L.S. and Ann McCormick, former residents of Aiken to whom good character was very important. The senior students not only received recognition at the Celebration of Character event, but also were recognized at their high school honors ceremonies.

In the fifteen years, we have been doing this program, we have honored well more than 3,000 students.

The Joint Women’s Clubs of Aiken for Celebration of Character once again would like to express appreciation to the community for support provided to our Celebration of Character event.

The Joint Women’s Clubs of Aiken are comprised of Aiken Chapter of Links, Aiken Woman’s Club, Aiken Junior Woman’s Club, American Association of University Women, Cedar Creek Ladies Club, Aiken Newcomer’s Club, Pilot Club of Aiken, Sand River Woman’s Club, Town and Country Club, Women of Woodside, and additional community volunteers.

A number of businesses and organizations in addition to the Joint Women’s Clubs offered support in either financial contributions or in services to enable us to continue this program. We certainly thank you for this assistance without which we would not be able to continue.

We were pleased to have Dr. Beth Everitt, Aiken County School Superintendent, attend and be a part of our ceremony again this year. The participation of Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, and Alicia Davis, Aiken Human Resources director, lent dignity to our event.

We were entertained with musical selections by the Jazz Ensemble from Lloyd Kennedy Charter School and Aiken Performing Arts Academy directed by Frank Williams. The staff of St. Angela Hall, led by Janet Morris, could not have been more helpful.

Thank you to each of you for all you do to make our Celebration of Character such a success. You each have the right to smile and feel satisfied for a job well done. We will look forward to working with you again for Celebration of Character 2015.

Betty Thomason is the chairperson for the Celebration of Character program.