I was introduced to the Respect Page for the first time this semester. Like many people, I had no idea it even existed. This surprised me because a page that is so significant deserves more recognition.
The Respect Page was originally created in hopes of changing the way the kids at Kenston treated one another. It was also created so that students could learn the true meaning of respect and what it means to give and receive it. Being a student at Kenston I know that we already hear a lot about treating one another equally, using the "Golden rule," and remembering "PEAK," but I think it goes so much further then that. A lot of us don't realize the impact that we have on our peers whether it be by the actions we make or the words we say. As a whole, I think we are all at fault. Our generation passes judgment without a second thought. We have become so immune to negativity that most of us are not even phased by harsh words like "gay" and "retarded." I know its cliché, but if we really took the time to think about what we say or do it could change everything.
I agree with Ghandi when he said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." I think one of the greatest ways to show someone respect is by serving them. Whether it’s washing someone’s car or buying their gas there are endless actions you can take part in to make other’s feel significant. I have been given a lot of opportunities to show respect by going on mission trips. I have traveled to places like Walpole Island, Canada, Cincinnati, West Virginia and many others. While on these trips I have served others by painting their homes, washing their cars, handing out free water and so many other things. Although it may not be the most ideal way to spend your time, nothing can replace the happiness of the certain individual you have helped.
In conclusion, until the end of the school year I have committed to giving the Respect Page the attention that it deserves. I hope you enjoy the changes and thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the Respect page, please let us know at KHS@KenstonLocal.com.