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TMIS English teacher honored for her civility

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

A person who acts with civility has been found in Park City.

The current Leadership Park City class recently honored a Treasure Mountain International School teacher with the first so-called civility card.

Julie Hooker teaches English and leadership at the school and says she addresses the idea of basic human decency in her classes. Hooker, who is a graduate of the Leadership Park City program, says she tries to instill in her students common courtesies. Many of the students continue with the courtesies afterward.

"It’s just BHD," Hooker says, using an abbreviation for basic human decency. "That’s what they say to this day."

Meanwhile, Hooker also teaches an anti-bullying message in her classes. She teaches between 125 and 150 students each school year.

Hooker’s Leadership Park City class organized a campaign against bullying in the 2010-2011 school year. Leadership Park City is a yearlong program that prepares participants for wider roles in the community.

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The current Leadership Park City class recently began to widely publicize its goals to turn Park City into a more civil community. Class members had 5,000 cards printed that will be handed out randomly to people seen acting with civility.

Matt Lindon, a Leadership Park City class member involved in the program, says another one of the cards went to Myles Rademan for his longtime work with Leadership Park City.

Lindon says he anticipates the 5,000 cards will last until at least mid-September. People who receive the cards may then give them to someone else they observe acting in a civil manner. A card’s history may be tracked on a website set up for the program, http://www.parkcivility.com .

The Park City Council recently marked the program by declaring ‘The Season of Civility’ in Park City through late September. The City Hall resolution describes tenets of civility such as being courteous, showing respect, paying attention and not gossiping.

Lindon had earlier said there is not a civility problem in Park City but it could be improved nonetheless. He had said further civility could sweep through politics, the ski slopes, trails and roads.

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