Sense of Community

By: Mackenna Riek

Everyone belongs. No one should be left out. In Preston, we need Sense of Community almost everywhere. No, we need it everywhere. Pass it down. In the Lunchroom, tell the kid standing there, alone, to come and sit with you. In PE, show good sportsmanship and be kind. Don't push the poor, unsuspecting kid out of the way. (Believe me, I've been there.) In the class, there might be someone who is speaking. Don't talk when they're talking. Give them a chance, and wait until they're done. Bathrooms, (mainly boys, but girls do it too) pick up after yourself. If it's too nasty to pick up, tell a janitor or the office. This applies to phones, laptops, tablets, buses, hallways, and more. I feel that wee need to follow the rule of sense of community in these places by simply helping someone pick up their books in the hallway or telling a teacher about a stolen item you witnessed. I am trying to do this so I looked up what sense of community means and found the following at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense_of_community

  1. McMillan & Chavis (1986) define sense of community as "a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members' needs will be met through their commitment to be together."

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