Almost that time again
by Cecelia Johnson
July 30, 2004
It is almost time for school to begin. I volunteer as much
as I can but this last year I had health problems that prevented
me from helping our community. I need to comment on our
school system and the staff. For the most part we have
caring teachers and administration but there is one pet peeve
that I need to state.
In my volunteer work I noticed something that was lopsided.
There is a "Nice Kid" section at the Schoenbar school
and I saw young kids being cited as nice when I observed
and knew different. These kids that, indeed, were
not nice were given certificates for being nice. That gives
our young upcoming adult community members mixed messages.
It is our responsibility as adults to teach our young
people about how the world works. Schoenbar and even Kayhi have
signs all around the school about respect but I would like
to hear that School Assembly and Student staff have it as
an agenda item at every meeting. As student staff they
can be role models for respect and kindness. Let's not
only be kind to administration and teachers but kind to each
other. Acknowledge each other. In the adult world
we don't have to like each other but we instill in ourselves
tolerance and understanding thus comes respect!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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