Assets in Action: Good manners start at home

-A A +A
By Bernadette Lauritzen

Today we focus on improving school climate and I will spend the day with the Aspen Tiger sixth graders, presenting the Change of Heart program.
I believe that one of the most important things we need to do is to make every school a safe place to learn.
We present this program at every elementary school and at Los Alamos Middle School for all new students to the district.
Often, the stories shared by students who come from other schools, is astonishing.
Just yesterday at Cookies and Conversation, one young man spoke of life at school before coming to the Los Alamos Public Schools District.
The fact that the classrooms are calm, the teachers are engaged and students don’t rule should be a standard, but I’m confused why the whole country doesn’t have the same standard.
As families, we should teach our kids to be nice, tolerate others, do unto others — or just ignore someone they don’t get along with at school.
I assume the hard part is that not everyone comes from the same home, doesn’t have parents that support differences, doesn’t think you should love your neighbor as you love yourself, or maybe even to love yourself in the first place.
We expect the schools to be able to accomplish the goals we don’t set forth in our own homes.
If you are raising a decent kid, if you are a decent adult, then never tolerate abuse at schools, by another student or by a staff member.
Our local policy is 100 percent safe and civil schools and that doesn’t just apply to the boardroom, but also to the classroom, the hallways and sports venues.
It was one reason we started the Hubba Bubba Awards at the high school. It allows students to nominate the staff members that make Los Alamos great. I will tell you the one thing all of the nominees seem to have in common; they are kind.
It doesn’t take vast amounts of money or time, but we don’t seem to stop and do the little things that make the biggest difference.
I will be glad when this election season is over. You only have to watch evening television for 15 minutes to understand why kids can be so mean. The election ads vilify everyone and are so mean spirited.
Then we wonder why kids could be hateful. The opponents for the ads are often educated, wealthy people and organizations. Misrepresenting a quote, a fact or out right lying … really, is this we the best we can do for our children?

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsor Assets in Action.