Senior Karen Santos, Banner and Posters Committee Chair, adds finishing touches to the backdrop for Week of Respect. The backdrop will be in the cafeteria during the event. "The purpose of the banner is called a "step and repeat" in which students will take photos with the poster as their back drop. As this is done, the students will post the photo on any social media website using the hashtag "#SOUTHWESTRESPECT" and will then have the opportunity to sign their name on one of the handprints," Santos said. Photo Credit: Alex Nedelcu
Student Council (StuCo) is organizing activities each day from Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 in honor of the Week of Respect.
“The Week of Respect is a great time to show your love for your peers, teachers and campus,” Student Council Member Alyssa Colligas said.
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill proclaiming the first week of October to be the Week of Respect in Nevada. Democratic senator David Parks of Las Vegas also sponsored this bill.
“We participate not only because it’s a statewide event, but because it’s important to have respect not only for yourself, but for others too,” Student Council Member Maryam Ahmed said.
On Monday, students can place their hand on the posters located on the bulletin boards of each building until they meet a stranger. They can then take a picture and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SouthwestRespect.
Starting Tuesday, 54 StuCo members will each pass out 15 purple smile tags to other students throughout the day, which will continue throughout the week. The first fifteen students to receive a smile tag will also receive a lollipop.
“We hope that all students will play the game and keep tagging,” Julian said.
Purple Post-it notes containing positive affirmations will be posted on every locker on Wednesday and on Thursday, StuCo will be handing out purple ribbon stickers to further promote the week of respect.
“I love that we’re doing affirmations because sometimes people just need that emotional support to get through the day and it all starts with acts of generosity,” Class of 2016 Treasurer Vahina Li said.
To culminate, Friday will promote the DUDE. be nice National Campaign and encourage other students to wear purple. Those who participate will receive a treat during lunch.
“Typically, the color purple represents anti-bullying, which is what Week of Respect is trying to promote. ‘DUDE. be nice’ is a campaign that advocates a similar message, which is why Student Council has chosen to team up with them for this week-long occasion,” Li said.
In addition to all the activities, there will be a “Step and Repeat” during lunch throughout the week where students will have the opportunity to take a selfie/photo in front of a backdrop that is decorated with purple hands and the hashtag #SouthwestRespect.
“My goal is for everyone to be kind towards one another and to appreciate their differences instead of pointing them out,” Julian said.