Last November my wife and I attended the Awards Celebration for the first annual Davie Respect Initiative (DRI) Challenge. The projects shared by the 10 winning applicants, who ranged in age from 13 to 21, were inspiring and all were designed to increase the amount of respect shown in our community and across Davie County. Each of the ten winning applicants received $1,000 and the opportunity to put their project idea into practice. Last week a few members of the DRI team met with me to provide an update on the status of some of the projects. Madi Rogers, a 13-year-old winner, has distributed Banishing Bias Bingo cards in the three county Middle Schools and many of those have already been returned. Each box on the card requires meeting someone who is different from you in some way. By getting to know more about each other we form respectful relationships with people we might not have known at all before. Kayla Roscoe and youth from her church are volunteering to do yard work for elderly who are unable to do this themselves. These are just two of the ten winning project ideas being put into action. We should all be proud to live in a community where young people are taking an active role in increasing respect.
And now the Davie Respect Initiative is accepting applications for the 2019 DRI Challenge. If you are between the ages of 12 and 21 with an idea for increasing the demonstration of respect or if you have children or grandchildren, let them know about this awesome challenge where they could do positive things for our community and win $1,000! Groups and clubs as well as individuals can enter. Go online to www.davierespect.com and enter the challenge now.