BELLOWS FALLS — Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca spread a message of respect and hard work among schoolchildren during an appearance at the Bellows Falls Middle School’s Red Ribbon Week campaign, where he sought to create more awareness about the dangers of bullying and drug use.
Vilaseca spoke Monday at the school about the importance of staying in school and avoiding drugs, and he said that being nice to one another is the single thing people will be remembered for.
“Yes, you got an A in class, the teacher will remember that, but they will remember if you were respectful, that you treated others with respect, you helped others,” said Vilaseca, who has worked in Vermont schools for more than 30 years.
“And that is probably one of the single biggest things that bothers me when I go into schools and when I worked in schools,” he said. “I’ve known many students who just hated coming to school — not because they didn’t like school, not because they didn’t like their teachers — because they didn’t like the way some people treated them.”
He also told the students that pursuing education after high school is the key to a bright future.
“One thing you need to do is finish your education in some way — a four-year school, two-year school, technical school, internship, apprenticeship if you want to go into the trades,” Vilaseca said.
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