The Importance of Civility

Posted on: Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:00

Reminding our students that being polite and respectful is important—FCPS celebrates the Civility Week Kindness Challenge from January 29-February 1st!

Virtually every day it is easy to find examples of road rage, inappropriate social media posts, disrespectful comments, or rudeness. Both adults and young people are exhibiting these behaviors; it is time for a change!

The Civility Week Kindness Challenge promotes a kind and civil environment in our schools, at home, and in our community. Civility is polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior. This week actively engages the FCPS community to create a culture of kindness, unity, and respect. Please join us and use #TogetherFCPS to share and celebrate the examples of civility around you!

It is important to remember that old cliché:  actions speak louder than words.  Let us use this week as an opportunity to demonstrate civility through our actions.  Here are a few ideas for Civility Week:

  • Send a Thank You note to a service provider—teacher, doctor, police officer, fire fighter, etc.
  • Invite a different classmate or colleague to sit with you at lunch and get to know each other through conversation.
  • Hold the door open for someone, especially if the person is carrying many items.
  • Post a positive comment on a social media site.
  • Follow the directions given by a teacher.

I hope you will join us in the FCPS Civility Week Kindness Challenge. Remember to use the hashtag #TogetherFCPS. Share your thoughts on the importance of civility @FCPSMDSuper. And if you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter.