Westfield High School, Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School have received official designation as “No Place for Hate” schools by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
“It is clear from all of your efforts that you and your committee brought the right amount of thoughtfulness, commitment and intention that we look for in the schools that engage and thrive within the No Place for Hate framework,” the ADL wrote in an email notifying the three schools of the important recognition on May 8.
The high school and intermediate schools were among approximately 1,600 schools across the United States to be chosen to participate in the “No Place for Hate” program, which requires schools to form an advisory committee comprised of students, faculty and parents and to design and implement several school-wide activities to combat bias and bullying.
As part of the program, students also sign a “No Place for Hate” pledge to seek understanding of those who are different from themselves, to promote respect, and to speak out against prejudice and discrimination.
School-wide, student-centered activities included training sessions with the ADL, speaker assemblies and interactive speaker panels, special morning announcements and bulletin boards, and other lessons focusing on kindness and teamwork.
“We are excited for what you will create and execute next year and onwards into the future,” the ADL email continues. “You have laid a very strong foundation and we can imagine your school only deepening its impact on the community at large.”
“Even in this time of distance learning, we continue to work at every level to address the climate and culture of our schools so that our students and staff feel safe and supported,” said Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan. “Our high school and intermediate schools have continued their important work with the ADL, creating virtual opportunities for members of our school community to support one another. I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the 'No Place for Hate' program this year and I am so proud of our secondary school communities who worked hard to earn this important designation.”