Small steps to help increase respect


March 6, 2020

Being respectful and kind to others is something that all people should think about throughout their day. As the saying goes, “treat others as you would like to be treated.” The word “respect” literally means to have regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, and traditions of others. As high school students of Cathedral Prep, respect may not be one of the top words on the vocabulary sheet, but it is something that should be taken into consideration as the year moves forward. 

When asked about if the students at Prep are respectful, senior history teacher Mr. Fleming said, “It depends on the day, but for the most part, the students are respectful.”

There are many ways for the students at Prep to be more respectful. As an example for a student-to-student interaction, simply holding the door for each other as everyone is walking to their next class is a start. There are people at Prep that just let the door shut in other students faces. Little things like these can make the difference and go a long way. 

“By and far Prep students are respectful,” says Father Jason, the campus minister at Prep. “There are always a few that can ruin it for the many.”

Another way that the students at Prep can show respect is down in the cafeteria. After everyone is finished with lunch, the staff working in the cafeteria often ends up cleaning up after the students. Students simply picking up after themselves will show a lot of respect for the cafeteria staff that works hard for everyone each and every day. 

Even though there are a few areas that Prep students could work on pertaining to being respectful, such as cleaning up after themselves and not destroying the bathrooms, they can be respectful most of the time. Helping out people in the school community and the Erie community does not go unnoticed. Prep students are known around the city as being some of the nicest and most respectful students. 

Father Jason had this to add about being here at Prep, “It makes me proud to work here at Prep and see all the good things that the boys do on a daily basis.”

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