Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


December 6, 2012

Building character

Rotary Club Character Essay Contest rewards fourth-graders

CROSSVILLE — The Crossville Noon Rotary recently held an essay contest for all Cumberland County fourth-grade students. Topics were characters or the Rotary Four Way Test. Top winners at each school were awarded a bicycle.

Brown Elementary

The Four Way Test

By Jonathan Bailey

First Place

At school the Rotary Club came. They told us about: is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendship, and will it be beneficial to all. This is called the four-way test.

Number one of the four-way test is, is it the truth. Truth means honesty and what is right. One time I was at the store and the cashier gave me too much change. I knew I should give it back, but I also wanted that money to buy a candy bar. I did the right thing and gave the money back. This is one example of truth.

Number two of the four-way test is, is it fair to all concerned. Fair means treating everyone equally. One time in first grade someone had a party and only invited his friends. This was not fair, those who weren’t invited got left out.

Number three of the four-way test is, will it build goodwill and better friendship. Goodwill is an act of kindness. One time I helped Cody because his bus was going to leave, and he didn’t have his stuff ready. I helped him pack up and catch his bus. This built better friendship, now Cody and I are better friends.

Number four of the four-way test is, will it be beneficial to all. Benefit means to have an advantage. An example of being beneficial is like a nice boss gives everyone a raise because they were doing great. But if he only gave it to a few people because that was his friends, that wouldn’t be beneficial to all.

The Rotary Club’s four-way test is: is it the truth, is fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendship, and will it be beneficial to all. They all four help us become better people.

If everyone lived by the four-way test our society would be a better place.

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