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Skit reminds students they must choose what to do

The talented, energetic group called Primary Focus performed songs and skits for the students of Coyote Springs Elementary School last week.

The show, based on Character Counts principles, reinforced the six pillars of character.

"I bring this group back every few years," Principal Marcia Gatti said. "These are kids just out of high school who have to try out for a spot in the group. They have high energy and relate well to elementary-age students."

Six performers popped in and out of songs and skits to the delight of the audience.

Afterwards, student Martha Garner described her favorite pillar. "I liked Responsibility. It means you're doing what you're supposed to do. If you do something wrong, you don't blame others."

Daniel Salcido said his favorite is Fairness. "If you cut in line, you're not being polite."

Gatti said she and the teachers at Coyote Springs have high expectations of students' behavior.

"With 845 students, we don't have many discipline problems. The students know I'm strict, but fair. Mistakes are made sometimes and we all learn from them."

In addition to the district-wide Character Counts! program, Coyote Springs also continues with their anit-bullying program that the school piloted last year.

Student Gregory Barros said he learned not to exclude others from games on the playground.

The school puts on four assemblies a year that remind students that "A person of character is trustworthy, treats people with respect, is responsible, is fair, is caring, is a good citizen."

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