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BUILDING CHARACTER: Sep. 18 is Character Day, but Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain is already meeting with people at the Education and State Departments to reach as many students and teachers as possible. More than 1,500 schools and organizations are organizing events, planning to show short films and talk to students about character development and character strengths. “Character Day was created to spark new conversations and thinking about how to live fulfilling and meaningful lives and kids are a critical audience,” Shlain said. She hopes to double the number of events to about 3,000, she told Morning Education. And she’s calling on the public to submit videos about character. Some of those videos will be included in the short films shown to students. About 1,500 schools and organizations participated during the first Character Day last year, earning Twitter love from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House officials. More: http://bit.ly/1HO1EJ0.