CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- When they hear the sound of an alarm bell, students at Winget Park Elementary School know exactly what to do.
"Our weekly theme for this week is prepare for an emergency," said Limia Bowen, CMS school counselor.
This week's fire drill was part of what's known as Make Mondays Count, a new initiative that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools started this year.
"What we're doing with the district is developing a theme each month and a focus each week that we can either take part in,” said CMS representative Dr. Deb Kaclik. “To make a difference for where we are in the world."
With this week's focus on emergencies, the September 1 attacks became a part of the lesson.
Some of the fourth graders made a quilt in memory of the victims.
"I didn't want to draw a picture because I really didn't know what to draw, so I decided to do a flag and write some encouraging words on some of the sad things that happened that day,” said student Matthew McIlhinney.
But the lessons behind Make Mondays Count go far beyond this one.
It's also about character.
"It’s kind of giving of yourself and it doesn't always have to be something
"If you bump into someone you'll say sorry not just bump into someone and keep walking and not even pay attention. Notice that you did something to them,” added McIlhinney.
And notice that you may be making a difference, if only to that one person.
"Being a responsible citizen, not only they're learning academically, but learning how to be a good wholesome individual,” added Bowen.
For Ms. Malysza, at the end of the day, this is what it's all about.
"If we can make it count for one student then we're doing what we should be doing,” she said.