Editorial: CVU Kids Need to Represent & Respect When Out in the Community

Ms. Sofia Dattilio

“Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.” This is the mission that the CVU community strives toward. But what happens when we step into the community outside of CVU? Do these rules still apply? Do we remember who we are? Do we remember where we come from?

When CVU students step into the community not too far outside of CVU such as Jiffy Mart, Paisley Hippo, or Papa Nicks we need to be aware of how we represent our school, the greater community and family. We are CVU. We want to show the community we are respectful and that we care about those around us. We need to think about how our actions may affect others.


Image courtesy of Jiffy Mart Stores

Imagine you’re working behind a cash register and a large group of teenagers come into your place of work. In a larger group, they are loud, they throw money down on the counter towards you, and they don’t say “thank you.” Quite disrespectful, right? Is this really what we want to show the community about who we are as CVU? All of these disrespectful actions happen right here in the town of Hinesburg.

Local businesses see how, when in large groups, students end up disrupting the community and engage in rude behaviours. Briana Dattilio, a 25 year old cashier at Jiffy Mart, says, “When they get into large groups, that is when they begin to be rude and hold up the line by talking and not respecting others who are in line by cutting them to be with their friends.” She goes on to explain that she automatically notices the actions of the CVU students and is often annoyed by the way CVU students make Jiffy Mart employees and other patrons feel.

Businesses also notice that when students are with someone who isn’t their friend, they act in more of an appropriate behaviour. Kim Dattilio, a 47 year old waitress at Papa Nicks, states that, “A lot of the times when CVU kids come into the restaurant, they’re with a teacher or coach of some sort, and they are usually respectful when with an adult, but they never call ahead and when in larger groups, it’s hard to manage all of them.” Even though their actions inside the restaurant are respectful, not calling ahead can be seen as disrespectful and be hard on the waitstaff. “When the students are with their parents or alone they are all very respectful or shy,” Dattilio notes a common contrast in behavior with adults.

As I work in a place where CVU students come in, my colleagues notice their behavior and so do I but I realize I am part of CVU as well. Students’ actions impact my decision-making as well. When I see students’ negative actions, I reflect on my own and make sure not to do the same.  

Of course, the business we bring to these local stores is great. We just need to be more aware of our surroundings. Someone once told me, “Remember who you are; you’re someone’s daughter or son, brother or sister and a member of a community, and you want people to look at you and recognize that you care about your greater community.” This echos the comments Briana and Kim made about how we are all nice kids except we need to not just think about ourselves and friends. Lets remember to take care of ourselves, others, this place… and all the places we go.