In our schools every October our students study respect in class, what it means and why it’s important. This year we challenged our students to tell us in their own words what respect means to them in our Respectober Contest. There were so many amazing answers, some were sweet, others funny and all of them gave insight into how they feel about respect.
Here are our winners in no particular order.
Public Vote Winners
While in the second grade in Hamtramck Academy, our virtue of the month is respect. I have always been taught by my parents to respect others.
I looked up what does respect mean in the dictionary. I seriously did not understand the definition. So I am going to tell you what does respect mean to me.
When you be nice to others they be nice to you. I am taught to respect people's feelings, belongings, and religion. I always respect my parents and teachers by saying thankyou to them for teaching us right from wrong. I show respect for people's belongings by asking permission if I can use their things.
Mashal - Hamtramck Academy
Respect means helping others, being a good listener and keeping your hands and feet to yourself. I show respect by telling the truth, listening to my teacher and following the rules.
Easton - Vanguard Charter Academy
Respect is treating others with love and not being mean. I respect my mom and dad and my teacher Mrs. Colbeck and Mrs. Gamache. When you respect someone you care about their feelings and never want to hurt them. When I respect others, I can have respect from them too. I listen to my mommy and daddy's directions to show them how much I care about their feelings. So I respect their feelings. Sometimes when my friends try to be mean to me I turn to my mommy for help. My mommy tells me not be mean because it hurts my friends feelings. I wish even my friends feel the same way.
Prachi - Canton Charter Academy
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Being respectful means not yelling "boo" when someone is not looking. Being respectful is listening when your friend is talking. Being respectful is playing someone who is new and does not have a friend yet. Being respectful is not saying "gross" when someone is eating hummus even though you think it's gross!!
Issac - South Canton Scholars
Respect means talking to people nicely. Not hurting their feelings. Make them feel happy and loved. All people are important.
Gabriel - Brooklyn Scholars
Respect to me is being nice to people even if they are mean. It means helping someone up if they have fallen down. It means to listen to a grown up if he/she is talking and to not interrupt them. It means listening to the rules!
Justin - Eagle Crest Charter Academy
3rd Grade - 5th Grade
The most respectful people that I know are teachers. Mrs. DeFiglia is an example of a teacher who I admire. She takes the time to listen to your feelings and works with her students to improve you as a person. Mrs. D provides solutions to your problems. She lifts you up with encouragement and compassion. For instance, Mrs. D always says "be who you are, don't change yourself for other people". As students, we respect Mrs. D's rules, because without rules, it is difficult to learn. Respect means you treat others the way you want to be treated.
Catherine - Greensboro Academy
The most respectful person I know is Myles Howard. Some people laugh at me when I fall down but he never does. He always helps me. That is why he is my best friend. At recess, he always plays fair. He always listens to people when they are talking. He does not bother anyone either. Also, I can trust him because he is honest. I can always count on Myles for help and friendship.
Dylan - Queen's Grant Community School
My mom says there are people in life that will make your heart happy. Someone that makes my heart happy is my great grandpa, William. My family calls him Pa. Pa is 89 years old and is the most respectful person I know. He is my dad's grandpa and helped raise my dad. Pa respects family, is selfless and puts family first. As an old man, he still volunteers in the community. He respects his country and served in the Navy during WWII. Pa is quiet, wise and never treats anyone with disrespect. He would make your heart happy too.
Avery - Winterville Charter Academy
6th Grade - 8th Grade
Respect is everything. You never know what someone may be going through, or what their own struggles are. Before you say something about someone, how would it make you feel if they said it to you? Everyone deserves respect, and everyone deserves to be treated equally, no matter who they are. Everyone is equal. Respect can be something little like opening the door for someone. I believe respect is such an important virtue. Everyone deserves it and everyone should show it.
Kanita - Excel Charter Academy
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may never hurt me. But words do hurt. Words find the softest part of me, and stab at it and it hurts you more than broken bones, or a bruised thumb. Respect is a lesson that I have learned over the years. The ability to treat everyone with respect is an easy trait to learn, but a difficult trait to carry out. With respect, comes a better and more clear way of life. That's what respect means to me. Honor, intelligence, common sense, judgment, logic, knowledge, and insight give me respect.
Catheryn - Plymouth Scholars
How do you show respect? You show respect by treating others the way you want to be treated. You show respect by following the directions of your parents/ elders. Also don't treat people like they're beneath you or like animals rather than as human beings. You show respect by showing gratitude to people when they assist you. Also complimenting others on their achievements is away to show respect. When you say you'll do something at a certain time and do it you are showing respect for other's time. Assisting others in their time of need. This how you show respect.
Dapraya - Atlanta Heights Charter School