Trail Blazers star tells students respect is key to school success
Monday, October 2, 2017
Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers (center) gave special attention to students chosen by Parkrose High School. Principal Molly Ouche (from left), sophomore Gustavo Gonzalez-Hernandez, sophomore Kendra Curry and senior Spencer Tatafu get a personal picture. (Photo courtesy of Parkrose High School)
Damian Lillard has partnered with two Portland high schools to instill RESPECT.
The Trail Blazers star announced his relaunched program with student assemblies Sept. 14 at Roosevelt High School (Portland Public Schools) and Sept. 15 at Parkrose High (Parkrose School District).
“He had such a great message about respect and what school meant to him and the work involved,” said Parkrose Assistant Superintendent Michael Lopes-Serrao. “You could hear a pin drop.”
Students are encouraged to:
Arrive on time every day ready to learn, to show respect for their families and teachers.
Work hard, to show respect for themselves.
Be kind, to show respect for others and value their differences.
Students sign pledges to treat each other with respect, and they will be entered into drawings for prizes if they meet GPA and attendance thresholds. Teachers and counselors will reward students who embody the principles of RESPECT with Blazers tickers, Lillard merchandise, athletic gear and personal shout-outs from Lillard on social media.
Lopes-Serrao said Lillard promised to check up on the schools, an important incentive for the students.
Roosevelt plans celebrations linked to the program throughout the year.
“I love it,” Roosevelt Principal Filip Hristic said. “The program is a natural fit for our school. Respect is our No. 1 school value.”
Damian Lillard showed his appreciation for the work of Parkrose School Board members Mary Lu Baetkey (left) and Sonja Mckenzie. (Photo courtesy of Parkrose High School)