Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


December 6, 2012

Building character

Rotary Club Character Essay Contest rewards fourth-graders



The Truth Counts

By Cade McClellan

Second Place

The truth really does count. I leaned this one day when I was supposed to feed our dogs. I had played basketball the day before, and I was sore as a dog myself. I was on the couch watching tv when it hit me that I hadn’t fed the dogs out in the barn yet. But then I thought, my mom never goes out to the barn anyway so she won’t know.

So I didn’t feed them that evening. They were pretty mad at me and kept barking their heads off. That night I was really sweating it. I knew I should have fed them no matter how sore I was. The next morning, I told my mom that I had not fed the dogs and that I was sorry.

She forgave me, made me go feed the dogs, and told me I’d learned a valuable lesson. I actually learned two lessons: I need to be responsible and I need to be truthful. Those are two of the best lessons you can ever learn.

Truthfulness is Important

By Rebecca Webb

Third Place

Truthfulness is important because there are consequences if we lie. This is what happened to me and my cousin. We were playing in the field and my cousin ran to the barn and got his fourwheeler.

He was going too fast and he hit the fence. The fence was a little broken and the fourwheeler had a dent in it. He drove it to the barn, and his dad and our Papa asked him if that dent was already there. He said, “yes.” I tried to tell him to tell the truth, but my cousin pulled me away and told me not to tell them because it would get him in big trouble. I told him he

would get in less trouble if he would tell them the truth. He would not tell them then. I told him he would have to tell them sooner or later.

The next week when I was back over there, I asked my cousin if he’d told them the truth yet. My Papa and his dad overheard me ask him that, and they said, “Did you tell them what?” My cousin confessed and told them the dent had not been in there before he drove it. His Dad said it was okay, but that he was grounded for a week. My cousin was relieved to have to truth told.

When you don’t tell the truth it can sure make you feel bad, but when you tell the truth it feels much better even if there are consequences.

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