National Grand Prize Winner
Respect. Spread the Message.
Sarah Becker and Mikaela Ehrenstein
Beneficiary: Design and Architecture Senior High Film Program
Our film concept is to spread the message of respect via a letter. It started with a girl receiving it in her mail box and then it was passed around the school between friends and teachers. We did this to make it more personable and relatable and also to show that respect and kindness is needed in a school environment, as it is in every aspect of ones life. It ends with a girl finding the message in a bottle and giving her friend a hug. This signifies that something as simple as a hug can make someone’s day.
Local Prize Winners
Respect for Life: A Brother's Love
Beneficiary: The Child Life Center at the University of New Mexico Hospital
“I want to be just like my big brother, Cade, when I grow up because he’s so kind.” Recently, on a Saturday morning, at a Young American Football League (YAFL) game in Albuquerque, NM Cade and his younger brother Carter were recognized by players and coaches. Carter who would likely be a gifted athlete fights to live his life to the fullest every minute of the day despite the frequent seizures that plague his body. Cade, age 11, plays football and is living his younger brother’s dream. With pride, Cade takes Carter by the hand and walks onto the field at the beginning of the football game. As all the spectators take notice, Carter is recognized as a member of the team and his brother, Cade, their hero.
I submitted this photo because Cade is an amazing older brother who has selflessly tried to make his brother’s dream of being an athlete come true. He treats him with such kindness, care and love. Cade rallied his teammates to accept Carter as a part of the team and Carter now leads the team onto the field for each game as the team’s mascot.
Cheers for Our Coach
Beneficiary: Grandview High School Volleyball
The students, faculty and coaching staff at Grandview High School in Aurora, CO wanted to show their respect and appreciation for the 18 years of hard work that Coach Childress had invested there. She has sacrificially served and invested in students and athletes alike off and on the court. She is an amazing role model and mentor that has shaped the minds of students for the good. Three Cheers for Coach Childress!
I Am No Longer a Bystander
Beneficiary: Health Delivery
My peers and I created an open mic event to discuss sensitive topics. Many people have suffered from senseless bullying. This poem was written to encourage others to stand up against bullying. I pledge to respect all mankind.
I see you watching. I see you stare. As they spit in my face. As they pull my hair. The fear in my eyes the blankness creates a glare. You are a bystander; do you think I’m unaware? My mind starts to race when I see all the milk in my hair. Yet no one helps, no one seems to care. They rip my homework and steal my money. They knock over my lunch and laugh like it’s funny. Where’s the respect? I have no feelings on belonging. We can stop this if we all stop running. I know you see it; I know you can do it Showing respect isn’t hard but it does start with you!
Brighter Tomorrows for Moms and Their Children!
Beneficiary: Welcome House of Northern Kentucky
My mom and I serve on the WHO (Welcome House Outreach) to help plan fundraisers for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. Welcome House of Northern Kentucky is a Covington, Kentucky organization that provides shelter, case management, transitional housing and much more for needy families in Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky. Mom and I have always been blessed to have a roof over our heads and a warm meal to eat so we show respect by giving our time to plan events such as a Shower (collects household items for the women when they leave shelter) and the organizationu2019s Summer Sunday. So many members of our communities have experienced things I am blessed to never have experienced, so mom taught me to give respect by giving my time, energy, talents, and money to those less fortunate. This photo is from one of our Showers where we were collecting household donations for women leaving shelter and/or entering transitional housing. My mom and I serve on the WHO (Welcome House Outreach) to help plan fundraisers for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. Welcome House of Northern Kentucky is a Covington, Kentucky organization that provides shelter, case management, transitional housing and much more for needy families in Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky. Mom and I have always been blessed to have a roof over our heads and a warm meal to eat so we show respect by giving our time to plan events such as a Shower (collects household items for the women when they leave shelter) and the organization’s Summer Sunday. So many members of our communities have experienced things I am blessed to never have experienced, so mom taught me to give respect by giving my time, energy, talents, and money to those less fortunate. This photo is from one of our Showers where we were collecting household donations for women leaving shelter and/or entering transitional housing.
Listen Up and Give Respect
Beneficiary: Timilty Middle School
My students created a skit based around what some days look like in our special education classroom. They reflected on how there are days where the students get frustrated and lose focus on whats important. Also, they thought about how they need each other to remind them to stay on track and to give respect.
Hope Village Room makeover for Disabled Adults
Delynn Jenkins Halloran
Beneficiary: Foundation for Hope Village
Showing respect to those who are mentally disabled and without the care of immediate family…Kate and Allison Halloran along with several friends and donors, organized and collected furniture, accessories and bedding to surprise several residents of Hope Village with a room make-over. The residents chosen at Hope Village were those that have no immediate family interaction or contact. The girls noticed a striking difference in the quality of the rooms and decor of the residents who have close family and those who don’t so they decided to take action and make over their rooms with beautiful colors, new bedding, painted walls and furniture. Their reactions are priceless. The mission was to show respect, love and encourage the Hope Village residents with a room makeover.
Hope Village is a non-profit organization with residential homes and day programs in the Houston area for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1970. It is the mission of Hope Village to provide superior yet affordable residential and support services adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A Star's Homecoming!
Beneficiary: John F. Ward Elementary
Avelyn Moore is a 3rd grade student at Ward Elementary, home of the STARS. At the beginning of this school year, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She had surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible before undergoing chemo and radiation treatments, and then suffered many setbacks and was in the hospital for weeks. Her classmates and our staff missed her and her family tremendously! The wonderful parents of our students and our surrounding community was feeling the same. So everyone came together with acts of love…food, monetary donations, visits, video messages, wearing wristbands and shirts in her honor, a message from space…and after many weeks, the day finally came when Avelyn had made enough progress that she could come home! Our school coordinated with family friends to nail down a time the family would be driving by the school on the way home. Community members tied green bows on the trees from the school to their home since green is her favorite color. When the family drove by, our students and staff and community members lined the sidewalks of our school cheering for Avelyn that she had reached this milestone! At Ward, we teach about the importance of having strong character! It is even more important than perfect grades. As a principal, watching this all happen before my eyes, I couldn’t help but become overwhelmed with emotion…emotion for Avelyn’s progress…emotion for Avelyn’s family and friends…emotion for what we are really here for….WELCOME HOME, AVELYN! YOU ARE A SHINING STAR!!!
Beneficiary: Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation
My mother is my biggest supporter, my best friend, and my rock all in one person. She has taught me so many things, but respect is something she has always taught my brothers and I. The beginning of the school year was really hard for my mom, my dad had to go away for a little bit, and everything was falling on her shoulders. I can’t take it to see mom stressed, nor is it good for her health because she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I knew that she was having a hard time with everything, so I thought maybe I should do something for her to show her that I was here for her. So I used up all my savings (which was probably not the smartest idea) and took her away for a weekend, just so that she could at least sleep for a little and not have to worry about everything that was going on. So the picture I attached was from the trip and I was so excited that we did this, she was so happy and it meant a lot to me.
Friendship Self-Care Package
Beneficiary: Denton County Friends of the Family
Sometimes an act of respect can be as simple as letting a good friend know how much you love and respect them. I chose to make my friend Kat a “Self-Care Package” filled with handmade candles and bath bombs with a note attached reminding her just how much I appreciate her friendship. I gave her the gift at my house before my move out of state, and she loved it! It is so important to be thankful for the good friends you have while you have them and to show them how grateful you are for their friendship.
Respect for Dedication to Victims
Beneficiary: Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Who in their right mind would choose a career that deals with violence every day – to know just how many tortured women and children, escaping a life of cruelty and abuse, found refuge at the emergency shelter in the past year? To see on a day to day basis, how lives are destroyed by someone who claims to love them? To know these victims have the capacity to create a life of peace for themselves and their children but are not aware of how to achieve it? That person is Dena Filler.
Dena has been the Executive Director of Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) for 25 years. She is dedicated to the mission of providing the appropriate services, support and resources to assist the victims (and children) of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking in north central North Dakota. Through her leadership and commitment, DVCC is providing the guidance for the ever increasing number of victims and children requiring quality assistance that will allow them to acquire and maintain a life free of violence and abuse. The staff and board members surprised Dena with a public acknowledgement and sincere thank you for her loyalty, perseverance and determined dedication to assist victims and educate the public to end the cycle of abuse. It is her drive and tenacity that inspires us to face the challenge and makes us proud to work in the fight for futures without violence. Thank you Dena Filler!
Beneficiary: Good News Center
My granddaughter’s third grade class in Houston, TX surprised their teacher with an act of respect yesterday. With the Thanksgiving holiday rapidly approaching, a parent facilitated the students in a brainstorming activity while the teacher was away. The children all drafted messages of gratitude and thanksgiving for their teacher. Then, they wrote these statements about why she was special to them on paper turkeys and leaves. Later, they created a banner with their heartfelt letters of thankfulness and hung it in the teacher’s room. Their teacher was very touched by the simple, yet powerful display of the class’s gratitude and respect for her work among them. These young students are learning how to respect at a very early age!
A Basket of Respect
Beneficiary: Interfaith Ministry Refugee Services of Houston
Violence is headlining the news more and more these days. As many as 60-million people are displaced in the world and refugees are migrating anywhere they can to escape violence and oppression. As a community of faith, people from University Baptist Church (UBC) in Houston, TX, in partnership with Interfaith Ministries Refugee Services of Houston, wanted to show their respect and help to those resettling in Houston.
UBC families and individuals teamed up to provide welcome baskets to local refugees assigned to the Interfaith Refugee Services. Laundry baskets were filled with staple food items such as rice, canned goods, dried beans, fresh fruit and gift cards from local grocery stores. After a brief training on cultural sensitivity, the UBC volunteers were paired with each other and went out to deliver the goods to expectant refugee families from the Congo, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Burma, Bhutan and Eritrea.
Although the baskets of food items were only a small gesture of support, it is our hope that they helped refugee families feel like they are a welcomed part of the diverse Houston community. We respect all of them for enduring such hardship, suffering and while still maintaining the hope for relief. We are better off for having them in our community!
This is how we spell RESPECT.
Beneficiary: Bay School of San Francisco
Honorable Mention Winner: Thank you to Cody and the Bay School students for their inspiring entry to help kick off the Show RESPECT! Challenge!
I and 18 fellow Bay School of San Francisco students along with my mom, my soccer coach and my Advisor spelled out respect on the lawn of the Presidio in San Francisco to inspire teens across America to give respect and accept nothing less than respect in return. I chose these people because they are shaping the person I am and the person I am becoming.
BHS Stop Harrassing
Beneficiary: Berkeley High School
Honorable Mention Winner: Thank you to Emily and the BHS Stop Harrassing students for their inspiring entry to help kick off the Show RESPECT! Challenge!
We chose to show respect to the adult advisors of our grassroots movement. They have guided us through dealing with our school district first hand, fighting against the culture of sexual harassment that once seemed inevitable. Through their hard work and support, they gave us a voice, so we gave them megaphones to return the favor. We could never have come this far without them.