The author of Choosing Civility, Dr. P.M. Forni, relates that a simple “Hello” or “Good Morning” is the most basic form of acknowledgment. A simple greeting confers honor and acknowledges the other person’s presence. It sets a positive tone, puts people at ease, and wishes them well.
The Choose Civility Initiative in Washington County was born out of a dialogue that occurred during a policy update within the public schools. A cross-functional team was developed to update the public schools’ policy to prevent bullying and harassment. Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) partners with a number of community leaders and organizations, including the Hagerstown City Police. The team recognized the need for a broader focus on civility throughout the entire community. WCPS became aware of P.M. Forni’s book, Choosing Civility, Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct, and a similar civility initiative within Howard County, Maryland. Choose Civility Washington County is modeled after Choose Civility Howard County.
Alamance County Public Libraries is excited to host several programs this month that coincide with our theme of “Choosing Civility.” This is based on P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct and his Civility Project at Johns Hopkins.