Madi Rogers and Bella Brown are two of the 10 winners of 2018 DRI Challenge. They were invited to share about their respect projects with the Home Builders Association of Davie County on 4/25/19. The Home Builders Association made a grant to Bella's project of starting a Cam's Coffee Kiosk at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center. Not only was a grant for materials provided, also Brad Rogers Construction Inc volunteered to build the coffee cart! Madi's project of Banishing Bias Bingo cards where the players must meet others who are different from them has had amazing responses/ results from all 3 Davie Middle Schools.
If You or your organization would like to hear a presentation or learn about ways to support respect projects initiated by the DRI youth, please let us know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspecting the word “respect”
It may be fun and interesting to consider how the word “respect” is formed. The “spect” part means “seeing,” as in the word “inspect” or “spectacles.” And the “re” part means “again,” as in the words “recalculate” or “relocate.” So, putting the two parts together would result in re-spect, or “see it again,” or “see it anew.”
And that is where the word gets interesting. Because sometimes we may see someone or something, and we don’t see anything positive about them. But the word respect reminds us to “see it again,” from a more positive point of view.
Respect is Positively Contagious
When someone does a random good deed for us, we are probably disposed to do the same for others: we let them pull into our traffic lane, or we speak kindly to someone.
The DRI probably works this way as well. Seeing or hearing about our respectful Davie youth can inspire each of us to do the same for others; and those in turn, pass it on, or pay it forward. Who knows, an entire ripple effect might be in the making, right under our noses.
We may have seen videos, like these, in which this ripple effect is shown. Enjoy!
Enjoy this inspiring video, made by Bella Brown, one of the 2018 DRI winners. It was a part of Bella’s application for the 2018 DRI Challenge, where she presented an idea of opening a coffee house that would primarily be staffed by young folks, who are “differently-abled”: with challenges like autism, attention deficit disorder, and more. This was inspired by Bella’s witnessing her brother being involved with an innovative program in Winston-Salem called Cam’s Coffee.
Progress update, spring 2019: Bella has all the pieces in place for the Cam’s Coffee idea to manifest in Davie County. Now it’s just a matter of helping the Cam’s Coffee folks raise capital to open this second location. Bella says that she had ideas before about helping people but didn’t really think she could actually do it. She’s learned that if you care enough and work hard, you can actually do things that make a difference. If you’d like to support this venture, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll gladly connect you with Bella.
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