No Disrespect Campaign (The Kulture Movement)
The lovely Barbara De Laleu and I met up again! This time Roxie Digital of 103.9 (Barbara's radio personality name) Shani Kulture from Hot 97 and DJ Q came to share their No Disrespect Campaign with my school PS/MS 34.
Since my school is Pre-K to 8th grade, we decided we were going to share the campaign with the middle school kids first. So, about 150 students piled up into the auditorium to learn and be entertained. The day started out with Ms. Dejavu speaking and energizing the kids about what respect means. Who got flava? Not flavor but flava! After her another woman came on and did a spoken word piece about respect and appreciating the people in your life that have helped you. DJ Q spun some popular songs and the students were hyped. They even got to witness their teachers getting down!
Roxie Digital and Shani came back on stage to remind the students that in order to get respect you have to give respect. Something that they said that I hope resonated with my students is that we now live in a world that quickly judges us by our skin color or by what other members of our race are doing. People will respect us if we respect ourselves and respect others. This means, don't call people names, don't touch anyone inappropriately, stop talking about people and countless other things that teenagers (and quite frankly some adults) like to do. The most moving part of the day was when two students shared their bullying experiences and two young ladies went on stage to sing.
We ended the day with more music, certificates and give aways!
I can't wait until they come again to share the same message with the elementary students!!