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Ensuring our schools are “No Place for Hate”

February 22, 2017

No Place for Hate LogoDistrict partners with Anti-Defamation League to educate students and fight bullying

Tolerance, respect for our differences, and finding people to trust are issues students may be faced with in school and throughout their lives.

To ensure our district is promoting positive interactions between peers, staff and families, South Glens Falls has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New York State to participate in its No Place for Hate program.

No Place for Hate was designed by the ADL to “create inclusive communities and empower schools to challenge all forms of bigotry.” The goal of the program is to create a safer learning environment, to promote unity and respect, and to reduce negative behaviors such as bullying or name-calling.

To participate in the program, students in the district have signed the Resolution of Respect (high school and middle school students)/Promise of Respect (elementary students). By signing, students commit to promoting respect and challenging bullying.

Throughout the school year, each of the district’s schools will hold at least three activities that meet the No Place for Hate guidelines.

Ballard students worked on a project called the "Anti-Bully Project."For example, in December, the fifth-grade students at Ballard Elementary School finished a project titled, The Anti-Bully Project. The project’s driving question, which they focused their work on, was “Why and how do kids bully and what can be done to prevent bullying?” Students were required to conduct research using the Internet, interview community members and create a book about this topic. 

Afterwards, the students presented their information to the fourth grade as part of the No Place for Hate campaign. No Place for Hate is a  designed to create inclusive school communities by promoting unity and respect, and empowering schools to reduce bullying, name-calling and other expressions of bias.

In late January, singer/songwriter Jared Campbell came to Oliver W. Winch Middle School for The Blue Project, an interactive concert shares that practical life lessons through song. His presentation taught students to love life, overcome obstacles, prevent and stop bullying, and appreciate the differences in each other.

In addition to the No Place for Hate activities at each of the schools, Beth Martinez, the education project director at the ADL spoke at a Parent University presentation in November. Topics discussed included bullying prevention, the difference between bullying and natural conflict, and how to talk to your child about bullying.

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