WAYNE, NJ — All fifteen of the Wayne Township Public Schools have been officially designated as 2020-2021 No Place For Hate® schools by the Anti-Defamation League. This is the fourth year in a row that they have been recognized with this distinction.
The No Place For Hate® (NPFH) certification was earned by the Wayne schools for their “commitment to creating a safe, supportive, tolerant, and inclusive learning environment for all students,” read a statement released by the district.
There are several ways that the Wayne Schools have been working to achieve this objective. This year, one of the district's primary goals was diversity, equity and inclusion. Throughout the year, the district worked to evaluate the all of their programs through a “diversity, equity and inclusion lens” in an effort to root out anything that might not be inclusive to all students. They also have a very robust anti-bullying program that makes the schools a safer place for students.
On a building level, more than half of Wayne’s public schools went above and beyond this past year, exceeding the certification requirements. The following schools earned “Gold Star” status in the NPFH program by, among other things, providing additional learning and inclusive events.
- Albert P. Terhune
- James Fallon
- John F. Kennedy
- Wayne Hills
- Wayne Valley
For example, at Wayne Valley, staff and students took part in an activity called Third Party Compliments for kindness week. Over 2,755 anonymous messages of kindness and positivity were written and distributed during the week of February 20 – 23. If you would like to view the recipients of these messages first reading their compliments, the Wayne Valley TV students put a video together. You can view it here. “It’s sure to bring a smile to your face,” reads the NPFH webpage on the Wayne Schools website.
Another example is the NPFH banner that hangs above the entrance to the main office at Packanack Elementary School. All students signed the banner and pledged their commitment against hate. While at Randall Carter, third, fourth and fifth grade students participated in an “Imagine a World Without Hate” essay contest.
Superintendent of schools, Dr. Mark Toback knows that this could not have happened without the cooperation of staff and students.
“The district would like to thank our students, educators, and administrators for supporting this initiative and our dedicated Anti-Bullying Specialists for leading this program which affirms our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion,” he said proudly. “The No Place for Hate Program continues to help us reach our goal of helping all members of our school community to feel safe, supported, and respected.”