Characters of Character is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization whose mission is to provide a firm foundation for children to establish strong civic values, we are “Making A Difference One Child At A time.”


We are accomplishing this mission by sharing our characters and resources at community events, workshops, conferences, after school art and social skills club, summer camp and through our books which are available on Amazon.


A new journey we are on is to join the #TagYourCharacter page on facebook! The goal is to see how far the character will travel, (like Flat Stanley) who they meet, what they will learn and how they can become a part of the daily language and teach their trait while having fun meeting new people and places! There is a file folder on each page which provides you a template to print out and travel with, as well as stationary to write to the characters. They love mail and will write back provided you include a s.a.s.e. for this. Your kids will love to get mail, your students will be kept on their toes waiting to hear from their favorite character, too! Let’s travel together!

#BehaviorBear#Do‘erDuck,  #FriendshipFrog#HealthyHippo#MannersMonkey#RespectfulRabbit#ResponsibleRabbit#SelfesteemElephant and #WarmHeartedWalrus

The Characters of Character earned a National Promising Practice in 2005 after piloting the characters in an elementary school in Grayslake, Illinois. There were only two schools who earned this in Illinois that year and we are proud to have been one of them.

Community Outreach:


The Characters of Character is a labor of love, while Joni does have a Ph.d., she has Passion, Heart and Determination to make these characters a part of the daily language with our children, families and communities. She can not do this alone.


Just like any grass root effort, it takes a village, and we are hoping to find people and businesses who have as much passion and dedication as we do to find a location to build a following and provide our workshops and classes to our communities and teach our children these strong civic values.


Opening a Characters of Character location is not something that one person can take on, there is a lot of work and needs to be met to make this successful and accomplish this goal. If you know of a location, if you are a business and would like to sponsor workshops with the Characters, if you are good at fundraising and or marketing, we would welcome talking with you. Please contact me at


With your support, we will be able to offer workshops for parents to come do classes with their children, for children to do after school programs, for children to be creative and become more aware of the character traits and to use them in various art forms. We are reaching out to our community here in McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove and neighboring areas to provide a space to offer these classes and build better citizenship