What is the meaning of respect?
According to Sgt. Sia Salausa of the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center, it’s listening to people when they speak to you and receiving the same courtesy from them. Salausa imparted this lesson yesterday at ‘Ele‘ele School, while Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona echoed the sentiment to sixth-graders in another location of the campus.
Another common thread in both speakers’ messages was making the right choices.
Salausa was accompanied by members of the correctional center’s Lifetime Stand, living proof of the consequences that accompany poor decisions.
Aiona, speaking in the school’s new cafeteria, came to campus to make a presentation as part of the Reach Out Now National Teach-In initiative to prevent underage drinking.
He walked students through an interactive PowerPoint presentation, and those with correct answers to his questions were rewarded with prizes.
The effort, started by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is meant to encourage parents and teachers to talk with children and students about the dangers of alcohol use. Aiona serves on the administration’s national advisory council.
The teach-ins are conducted by community leaders in fifth- and sixth-grade classes in schools across the nation and they have meshed well with the on-going two-week health and career event coordinated by Misty Tsukayama, the school’s counselor.