Column: Respect


Commentary by Calvin Thompson, 6th grade, Noblesville East Middle School


The NoblesvilleWORKS initiative is a campaign that will highlight a monthly “soft skill.” The campaign is comprised of work by Noblesville Schools administrators and counselors, the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Ivy Tech, Work One, Noblesville Economic Development, non-profit organizations and several local businesses. In a partnership with Current in Noblesville, students who are part of the NoblesvilleWORKS initiative will have their monthly essays published. December’s “soft skill” is Respect. For more, visit



Admiration. Honor. Appreciation. There are many different ways people show respect. However, these three words best represent what respect means to me. I can respect a person, I can respect a thing, or I can respect an idea. Regardless of what I’m respecting, the underlying meaning of respect is to show admiration.

The person I show great respect for is my grandpa. I respect him because of his work ethic. When my mom was young, my grandpa held many jobs to give her and her siblings a good life. Whether he was patrolling the streets as a police officer, harvesting crops from his fields or driving a concrete truck from the quarry, he always put his family’s needs first.

Another thing I show great respect for is my health. I have been given one life and one body to live in. I choose to eat healthy, exercise and get enough rest. Also, I respect my body, so I don’t drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or do drugs. I know if I don’t show this respect to my body, it could potentially be harmful.

Finally, I also show respect for the gift of freedom. Freedom has allowed me to do many different things. I respect freedom in the small sense of the word because I am allowed to go anywhere in my neighborhood and choose my own clothes to wear. In the larger sense of the word I honor freedom by being able to choose my own path in life, speak my own opinions, live within my own beliefs.

Admiration. Honor. Appreciation. These are all ways I would describe respect. Whether it’s my grandpa, my health or my freedom, I make sure that my actions and words show the most respect.

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