The PWCBF provides cash prizes for the annual Character Counts Essay Contest
which is sponsored in local middle schools by the PWCBA, in conjunction
with the Greater Manassas Character Counts! Coalition. The essay contest
is conducted each Fall during National Character Counts! Week to encourage
middle school student to focus on the meaning of the Six Pillars of Character:
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
The winning essay from each of the six pillars is awarded a cash prize
along with donations from local merchants. The award-winning essays are
then incorporated into a traveling exhibition for display in various public
locations throughtout Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas
and Manassas Park.