Different Ideas, Same Respect

Ella Cooper, Staff Writer

Greenwich High School has embarked on a new campaign. A movement driven by acceptance and kindness. Following the turmoil presidential election, dozens of students have felt uncomfortable in their classroom settings. The diverse range of emotions and opinions have resulted in a division among the student body. Some students feel embarrassed to voice their beliefs, while other students feel targeted and disrespected. This lack of respect has caught the attention of GHS student government. To address the issue, student government’s executive committee has proposed a campaign with a meaningful message – Different Ideas, Same Respect.

Every student deserves respect and is entitled to their own beliefs. A diverse range of opinions benefits our community. It allows students to broaden their perspectives and learn to be more understanding. It is, therefore, critical to acknowledge and embrace our political differences. Instead of dividing, we should celebrate the diversity of our student body and remember to respect one another. Being able to listen and treat other opinions politely represents mature character. We have the opportunity to act with dignity. The impudent behavior of the election and drastic polarization of our nation does not have to be the model our school follows. We can choose kindness and unity.  

To demonstrate respect, student government has initiated the kindness campaign. The idea was created by the executive committee, along with the help of the interim superintendent and a representative from The Board of Education. The goal is to spread awareness of the importance of being considerate. Even the smallest actions make a difference. To show support for one another, buttons will be passed out with the phrase, Different Ideas, Same Respect. This phrase embodies the purpose of the campaign. Emily Bass, a member of the executive committee, explains the meaning behind the phrase, “We’re hoping to remind everyone that a little kindness can go a long way and that differences in our beliefs don’t have to divide us but should instead encourage us to understand respect one another.” This simple button acts as a friendly reminder that Greenwich High School is composed of diverse and respectful students, so let’s remember who we are and spread kindness.

Every student deserves respect and is entitled to their own beliefs. A diverse range of opinions benefits our community. It allows students to broaden their perspectives and learn to be more understanding. It is, therefore, critical to acknowledge and embrace our political differences. Instead of dividing, we should celebrate the diversity of our student body and remember to respect one another. Being able to listen and treat other opinions politely represents mature character. We have the opportunity to act with dignity. The impudent behavior of the election and drastic polarization of our nation does not have to be the model our school follows. We can choose kindness and unity.  

To demonstrate respect, student government has initiated the kindness campaign. The idea was created by the executive committee, along with the help of the interim superintendent and a representative from The Board of Education. The goal is to spread awareness of the importance of being considerate. Even the smallest actions make a difference. To show support for one another, buttons will be passed out with the phrase, Different Ideas, Same Respect. This phrase embodies the purpose of the campaign. Emily Bass, a member of the executive committee, explains the meaning behind the phrase, “We’re hoping to remind everyone that a little kindness can go a long way and that differences in our beliefs don’t have to divide us but should instead encourage us to understand respect one another.” This simple button acts as a friendly reminder that Greenwich High School is composed of diverse and respectful students, so let’s remember who we are and spread kindness.