‘Teaching is a privilege’

The Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay presented education awards during its Thursday luncheon at the St. Regis resort.

Marylee Fredericksen was honored as Hanalei School Teacher of the Year, in recognition of her selection by her fellow teachers. She received applause, certificate and a check for $250.

“You’re certainly deserving,” said Robert Dickstein, club publicity chairman.

Fredericksen said it was an honor to be recognized for doing what she loves.

“I feel teaching is a privilege. I really enjoy it and thankful that this is the path I’m on,” she said, adding she is surrounded by an amazing staff at Hanalei School.

“Thank you, too, for all you do for our school,” she said to the Rotarians. “It truly makes a difference in the classroom. “

June Lien Hsu, a sixth-grader at Hanalei School, was honored for for her outstanding submission to the Four Way Test of Rotary Essay Contest and received praise, certificate and a check for $150.

She read her essay:

When I was first introduced to the Four-Way Test, I thought about how many times I have used these four questions in my life. The answer was a lot. I use the Four-Way Test for when I am in a situation where I need to stop and think, is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? And, will it be beneficial to all concerned? The Four Way Test is a great way to help make decisions. Do you use the Four Way Test?

Is it the truth? The truth helps us build our structure in life, and without the truth, everything would fall apart. The truth is very important because if everyone just lied, would it be fair to all concerned? Would it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? No, lying won’t help us achieve any of those goals. The truth is what we should speak every day.

Is it fair to all concerned? The situations of fairness I have been in mostly have two sides to it. Where someone thinks the circumstances are fair and the other does not. Fairness is always equal and sometimes that equal scale gets unbalanced. Fairness is a hard thing to achieve but it is definitely not impossible. People always say “Nothing is impossible,” and balancing that uneven scale will be first on my list of hard things to do.

Will it build goodwill and better friendships? You know those people who are always there for you and help you when you need comforting? Those people are called friends. Everyone has friends; you just might not know that they are there. When I think of my friends I think of the people who encourage me to be myself. When something builds goodwill and better friendships, it builds a bond between people. One of my favorite quotes about friends is “Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest. It’s about who came and never left your side.”

Will it be beneficial to all concerned? When something is beneficial, it helps people. In something you may do, you should always stop and think about if it helps everyone that is involved in your situation. If it does not you should definitely reconsider your choice. When I think of the word beneficial I think of will it be favorable or good to everyone?

The Four-Way Test is something we can use in life to make the right choices and just to know what is the right thing to do and what is not.

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