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Around one-hundred and eighty middle school kids made their way to the Grand Hotel this morning to hear from community leaders about what it takes to have good character.

Speakers included the police department, business community, and military officers.

They also took part in team building exercises with fellow classmates to show that

trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring, responsibility and citizenship can be stronger in numbers.

Jim Hill's Principal Cindy Mau says she wants children to know how important it is to put words into action.

(Cindy Mau, Principal Jim Hill Middle School) "Character is not just talking about it. Character is doing for others, and so this year we have kind of stepped it up a notch, and we've gotten involved with project ignite light. And so, in one of the sessions today the kids are going to be doing fleece blankets for the many many abused kids in North Dakota. So we are going to try to have thirty done by the end of the day to teach students that character is not just talking about it, it's doing for others."

Mau said kids are increasingly dealing with bullying and other issues, and being a leader is not always easy.

They are encouraging students to take a stand-- even if means not being the most popular in school.

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