By Frank Wickizer – “It started my freshman year, and respect is a really big thing for me,” StuCo president Kaylee Robinson said in reference to the RESPECT campaign.
“And the message we’re trying to project is that of general respect for one another and to recognize the similarities and differences as well and I feel like it’s really important when interacting with others,” Robinson added.
The RESPECT campaign, which started two years ago, is emphasized every January, and it has been a spot of conversation within Lincoln High.
StuCo sponsor Nicole Barnes was the originator of the RESPECT campaign. In an effort to work with the Bands Against Bullying concert, the campaign is designed to improve the amount of respect in the student body within Lincoln High.
“In the past, we have focused on the larger community outside of LHS,” Barnes said.
“One of our goals this year was to focus on peer culture within the building.”
Respect is not about accidental moments of our existence, not about individual moments, but about every moment everyday that affects others.
We should care about the RESPECT campaign for an inherently selfish reason; because how much we respect others affects how much others respect you. Barnes also talked about the “ripple effect.”
“Students in StuCo are aware that how they treat other people will hopefully have a positive impact on the way those people treat their friends and so on through interpersonal relationships,” Barnes said.
How others respect you is affected by you through the rule that everyone learns the first day of kindergarten, “Treat others as you would like others to treat you.” This rule transcends religion and society, and for this reason it is called the Golden Rule. Respect isn’t just about others, it’s about you.
The RESPECT campaign not only seeks to make this point clear but also has many ways of outreach to not just a gesture, but a statement. StuCo posts videos on YouTube, they have done outreach work to groups like the Special Education department and the racial caucuses, but need your help to make the movement more. In fact they have connected those two by having members of the racial caucuses star in the videos, such as members from the Karen/Zomi/Karenni Club.
Another way StuCo attempts outreach is through the Band’s Against Bullying (BAB) concert. This free concert for the community was truly the inspiration for the RESPECT campaign. BAB was originally the entirety of the campaign, but now it has been extended out onto the entire month of January. in an effort to spread the message of respect unto each other and others in our Lincoln community since the concert is open to everyone. Another thing that is important to remember is the free aspect of the concert, “It was a free event, so no money was earned. What we did raise, however, was awareness,” Barnes said.
The Spread the Word to Stop the Word is the newest piece in the complex that is the RESPECT campaign. Working together with the Special Education department, StuCo is attempting to stop or at least limit the use of the “r” word due to it’s offensive tendencies.
“If we make one person think, ‘man is there something that i’m doing or saying around people that is having a negative impact, maybe I should check myself,’ then I think that’s our goal,” Barnes said.
For more info on the RESPECT campaign, look up Student council @lhsstucofficial on Instagram and Twitter for updates, or alternatively, ask any LHS StuCo member including the president, Kaylee Robinson or the person in charge of the campaign, Lauren Lesiak. For more information on the Spread the Word to Stop the Word campaign, listen in to Carter Yost in the announcements.