Respect is more than a hit song by Aretha Franklin. It’s something we can never have enough of, and our young people are leading the way in showing us ways to respect each other a bit more.
The Davie Respect Initiative held a contest last year in which young people could submit ideas on how to spread respect. Ten of those young people were awarded $1,000 each to carry out their respective project.
The ideas were great.
The whole idea was so great that a man from Africa, visiting the United States, saw a copy of the Davie County Enterprise Record with an article about The Respect Initiative. He went back to Africa and started one in his own community. He was amazed at how much young people there wanted to help, too.
For the next few months, we will feature a quote from a young person in Davie County dealing with respect. The first comes from Kayla Roscoe. She received an award to start a group of young people who help the elderly or handicapped to do yard work. Her friends jumped at the chance to help, so don’t let anyone ask you “What’s wrong with young people today?” Nothing is wrong. They’re good kids and they want to do good things, we just have to help and encourage them.
By Mike Barnhardt, first published by Davie County Enterprise Record on 3/28/ 2019.
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