Skip To Main Content

Character Development and Social Emotional Skills

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District believes in educating the whole child.  We believe it is our responsibility to develop a student’s character as much as their intellect, because educating the heart is just as important as educating the mind.  We believe in encouraging our children to be better each and every day, in each and every way – both inside the classroom and outside of it.   Research shows that when character skills are intentionally taught, students demonstrate significant improvements – not only in their social and emotional skills – but in their attitudes, behavior, and academic performance.   Sumner-Bonney Lake School District develops character by focusing on the whole child.  We are committed to helping our students develop all the skills needed to be successful.  

Character Strong


Character Strong is intentionally designed to support the development of character and social emotional skills in students and staff. The 10 traits are intentionally taught by engaging students in activities to develop their character and social emotional skills needed for life. 

  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Gratitude
  • Kindness
  • Responsibility
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Empathy