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Respect For All Week

PS 193 Gil Hodges School - Brooklyn

At PS 193 Gil Hodges School, Respect is the Key!

As you walk the hallways of PS 193 the credo ‘Be Respectful and Be Nice’ is evident throughout. Principal Frank Cimino, the author of the credo, gives daily reminders of this very important life skill. Therefore, it is no surprise that the teachers and students embraced activities to celebrate Respect For All Week. As you can see in the video, 5th graders joined kindergarteners to sing the song, "Showing Respect-That’s the Key." Ms. Nonie Donato directed the students as they sang the song composed by a former teacher of the school, Mr. Ben Stiefel. Parents are also included in this performance as a parent accompanied the students on the piano.

Art teachers, Mses. DiSilvestri and Ross, willingly coordinated the creation of murals that depict the tenets of respect adorn the hallways of the school. Each student in the school was involved in personalizing his or her own craft stick. As a school community, P.S. 193 believes that they can make a difference one stick (student) at a time.

"I am so proud of our students because of their love and respect for each other and for their teachers. Our school community embraces our Credo, 'Be Respectful and Be Nice' each and every day. Little moments of kindness can be seen at different times of the day as our children help each other in so many ways such as holding the door for one another or an adult, or helping each other with their milk container at lunch, or sharing a snack among friends, or returning lost money. The children have internalized so many fine qualities that are exemplified in the ways they treat each other. I speak often of being respectful and nice to each other because I truly feel that if we can create a school culture of kindness and respect, then all other issues will be resolved and learning will take place in an environment of compassion and empathy," stated Principal Frank Cimino.

This story is part of a series to promote the ongoing school-based programs and activities through the Respect For All initiative.