In this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, fifth graders at William Woodruff Elementary School discuss and build character. The students select a word of the week, write essays and present a speech to the class about their word. Their production skills come into play when they select songs and create videos that highlight words. Building character contributes to a warm classroom environment where each student feels welcome. In addition, character education helps prepare children for challenges they will face during adolescence.