Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students and is a shared responsibility by all including family, schools and community. Schools have an opportunity to play a very important role in developing empathy and creating a supportive environment for children. After all, children spend an average of 900-1000 hours per year at school. As educators, it is imperative that we recognize this precious time we have with children and understand that we are not just teaching academics. We are molding children for the future and so much of what we do and how we present ourselves as role models affects children long term. Teaching character education can make an enormous impact on the reduction of bullying, cheating, discipline problems and depression, increase student engagement and involvement, and increase test scores, grades and social skills.