A national program, Character Counts goal is to promote core ethical values through Six Pillars of Character” – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The recipients of these awards usually recognize someone who is not in the limelight yet whose character impacts the community around them.  Each year the nominations are open to the community and the nominee must reside or work in the District 220 area. Nominees can range from students, coaches & teachers, employees of local businesses, community volunteers, and neighbors, etc. Nominees must show the values of the Six Pillars and be verified by two references.


2018 Character Counts! Award WINNERS

  • Burnell Wollar - WWII Veteran and Founder of Barrington’s VFW

  •  Lori Allsteadt - Barrington Police Department Detective

  • Mary Anne Block - Founder of Music Blocks

  • Jeanne Morgan - ESL Teacher at Station Middle School; Giving Day Committee Leader

  • Dori Squires-Hough - Barrington Giving Day Director

  • Claudia Gerrard and Sue Hyde - Blessings in a Backpack Program Coordinators for Barrington’s Children’s Charities

  • Andrew Carter - Roslyn Elementary 5th grade Teacher

  • Miss Kim - Bus Driver

  • Jeff Price - Mathematics Teacher at Station Middle School

  • Kevin Kienzle - “Mr K” PE teacher at Lines Elementary

  • Dawn Keller -  Flint Creek Wildlife, Founder and Executive Director

  • Donna Ewing - Founder of HARPS (Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society)

  • Isaac Cheek - BHS Student



2019 Nomination Timeline

JAN 23-MARCH 10: Nominations open

MARCH 12 - MARCH 18: Winners notified

APRIL 22: Award Ceremony at Barrington Village Hall

2019 Character Counts Nomination OVERVIEW

Since 2001, the Barrington Junior’s Women’s Club has proudly supported the Character Counts! Program in the Barrington Area. The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding individuals in the Barrington Community.  Each year, it is our mission to highlight those who exemplify the “Six Pillars” of Character:


These awards have been offered to people who are not often in the limelight.  A unique act of kindness, a track record of dedication, a history of responsibility, equitability, thoughtfulness and/or respect may exemplify their character.   Past recipients of the Character Counts! Awards have ranged from students and coaches to owners and employees of local businesses, community volunteers, and friends and neighbors.

All nominees are welcomed and considered; however, to receive an award they must reside or work in District 220 area and have two available references. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Barrington Village Hall Meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019 (200 S. Hough Street).

All Nominations Are Due by March 5, 2019