Just Be Nice

There’s a direct quote, in small font, at the top of the board in the classroom I just visited.

“If you’re not being nice, that’s a mean thing.” –¬†Jovan M.

What a simply profound statement.

Jovan is a student in our 8th grade class. I don’t know the context by which he spoke those words or why they ended up on display for everyone to read.

I can’t help but rejoice in the teacher who is giving Jovan a voice and providing him with a place to not only see himself in his¬†classroom, but to allow him to make an positive impact on his classmates.