DENTON — Karen M. Jensen and Walter B. Palmer were honored in 2017 with the Distinguished Persons of Character Award by Character Counts Mid Shore.
Both Jensen and Palmer are long-term volunteers for the Character Counts’ program at Lockerman Middle School in Denton. Each week, character coaches visit classrooms with lessons, activities or stories based on the Six Pillars of Character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Guest speaker Larry Porter, Caroline County commissioner, businessman and lifelong Caroline County resident, reflected on the positive impact Jensen and Palmer have on the communities of the county, while serving with many organizations. Porter said both honorees live their lives to the high standards of the Six Pillars of Character.
Lockerman Middle teacher Pam Short spoke about the importance of the program, especially at the middle school level. She also introduced a video of students and teachers expressing their gratitude for the time and passion Jensen and Palmer dedicate to the students at Lockerman.
Susan Luby, executive director of CCMS, presented citations of congratulations to both honorees on behalf of Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, who was unable to attend. CCMS Board of Trustees members Richard Potter, Laura Heikes, Bill Allen, Beth Terhorst, Dave Sherrill and Aric Rosenbach were on hand to present the awards to both honorees.
Upon receiving the awards, the honorees said they were grateful for the kind words spoken by their colleagues.
Jensen shared her experiences in the classrooms as a character coach and said she feels children want to feel they are valued. Connecting with each student while teaching them about character is not only important to the students, but also important to her, she said.
Palmer told the invited guests it is the responsibility of the adults in the community to teach the youth how to become the leaders of tomorrow. Palmer is best known for his character lesson in which he brings his kayak into the school to demonstrate how the paddle is like your character. It steers you into the right direction — even if the water is rough, and you just have to paddle harder.
The evening ended with a silent auction coordinated by CCMS Development Associate Josh Deutsch.
For more information about CCMS, visit www.character countsmidshore.com.