KidsPeace President and CEO appeared on the morning news on WFMZ, Channel 69 today to help promote "Kids of Character," a local nonprofit that is promoting instilling character in our children at a grass roots level. Isemann appeared with Gwen Pongracz, founder of the organization to explain  that parents, educators, business leaders, neighbors, community members and all responsible adults are all stakeholders in teaching our children the core values of character, which include:

  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Courtesy
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Loyalty
  • Perserverance
  • Respect
  • Responsibility.

They advised parents to read books to their children that contain characters who portray values and take responsibility, and to use teachable moments to discuss the topic with older children. Additionally, all adults who interact with children in the community should take responsibility for teaching positive character traits to our future physicians, attorneys, educators and business leaders.

Isemann explained that, at KidsPeace, "All  associates reinforce character attributes to the children we care for in treatment and in our schools. We model character for our kids at all times and provide them with tools that will help them learn to incorporate these attributes into their lives." KidsPeace hosted a conference for Kids of Character at the Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield last month

Pongracz pointed out that character is mandated by "No Child Left Behind," and urged parents to contact their schools to learn how this mandate is being carried out and ask for more character attributes to be incorporated into curricula.

Isemann added that KidsPeace is partnering with Kids of Character because it is the right thing to do as a business and as responsible members of the community and he urged other businesses to support the organization in any way possible.