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August 24, 2017
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Stillwater News

"Act with Respect Always" banners line Stillwater streets

June 1, 2017- As you walk or drive down Hudson Avenue, you may have seen banners hanging with the "Act with Respect Always" message.

Since 2015, the Stillwater Central School District has embraced that message, which comes from Coach Rich Johns.

Coach Johns started the personal character development program at Saratoga Springs High School, where he taught and coached tennis for 38 years. He started spreading his "pay it forward" mission at Stillwater Middle School two years ago and in the high school and elementary school since last fall.

"As years have passed, the core value of respect continues to be even more important to me," Coach Johns said. "I believe that respect is at the center of all things we do in life."

Thanks to the generosity of a Global Foundries donation, Coach Johns’, our custodial staff and the collaborative efforts with the Village, the district was able to secure 20 ‘Act with Respect Always’ flags for our community.

"I saw the flags in another community and I wanted that constant reminder of Coach Johns' message for our kids in Stillwater," said Superintendent Patricia Morris. "I made some phone calls and everyone was willing to make this happen for our community."

Now, as you ride or walk through Stillwater, look up. You, too, will be reminded to act with respect, always.

                              Respect banner and administration

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