I want to acknowledge the students at DeKalb High School. I have attended the first two football games at the high school this fall, and the politeness and courtesy of students have been especially noticeable.
Students excuse themselves with “pardon me, please,” as they move through the stands.
At the concession stand, students ask “is this chair being used?” as they look for space for their friends. Upon finding an available seat they return, “Thank you very much.”
This behavior is an indication of the good lessons the students have been taught at school and reinforced in their homes.
It is encouraging to see the consideration given to other people. We live in a society where genteel and courteous behavior is an expectation. It is rewarding to see such behavior in practice.
Too often, we overlook the good behavior and do not acknowledge the politeness exhibited by young people.
Also, members of the NIU women’s track and field team came out to assist the Kiwanis Club of DeKalb booth at this year’s Corn Fest.
Head coach Connie Teaberry has led the women in service to the community for the past six years at this event. Corn Fest traditionally has been held the first weekend students return to campus, and Teaberry appreciates having a constructive activity for their participation in community service.
Forty-one volunteers put in 123 hours of service at the booth this year, including members of Key Club at DeKalb High School. This complemented 272 hours of service by members of the Kiwanis Club. The help provided by the women of NIU and DHS Key Club and Fishing Club were a big help to the success of the event.
With help from the many volunteers, Kiwanis raises money to serve young people in our community.
Also, funds are donated to Eliminate, the current worldwide project of Kiwanis in which we are working with UNICEF to eradicate neonatal tetanus from countries all over the world.
There are 34 countries in which tetanus remains a threat to mothers and newborn infants who lack access to sanitary birthing conditions and adequate prenatal care.
At Kishwaukee College in Malta, officials are providing generous space to student organizations as part of the expansion at the college.
Students wanted the space in a very visible location so other students could see the organizations at work, thus encouraging others to inquire and participate in the activities.
President Tom Choice, along with the administration and staff involved in the design of the expansion space, have given strong consideration to the input from students. The student organization area is in a prominent location off the main entrance hallway at the college.
Many student organizations are active on campus, giving students the opportunity to serve the community. We can be very proud of the response students give to such opportunities for service.
The politeness of the students at DeKalb High School, service from members of NIU women’s athletic teams and service by students at Kishwaukee College are all to be acknowledged, and we should thank the students for their contributions and good behavior.
• John Rey lives in DeKalb and is retired from DeKalb Ag/Monsanto. He also has been employed with AXA Financial and Family Service Agency. He continues as an active community volunteer in several organizations. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.