Character Day at Exeter

Exonians ask: How do you want to improve your life and the life of the school?

October 12, 2016

H4, an organization dedicated to helping students develop healthy mental, physical and emotional habits, led a Character Day celebration on September 22. Character Day is a one-day, worldwide program led by with the goal of helping participants recognize and build character strengths.

"We're doing this to try to get Exeter thinking,” said Grace Gray ’19, an H4 member. ”How do we want to improve in our own lives? How can we get better as a school community, a class community and in team communities? Character Day is a chance to see how you can improve your life and the life of the school, too."

H4’s student leaders, all chosen by faculty and trained as certified peer health educators, organized a Character Day exhibit in Phelps Academy Center. They asked Exonians to identify a trait they see within themselves and want to celebrate. Students wrote the trait on a whiteboard and an H4 leader snapped a photo. Throughout the day, H4 gathered more than a hundred entries – with traits ranging from kindness and curiosity to humor and self-control – and posted them for all to see.



In joining the Character Day movement, PEA was one of thousands of schools in more than 125 countries to invite students to talk about big questions such as ”Who am I?” and ”Who do I want to be?” At Exeter, that also means thinking about what type of class, dorm family or school community we want to be and working together toward that goal — on Character Day and throughout the year.