2015-2016 No Place for Hate® Excellence Award

Emerald & Aspen2- cropped Emerald Elementary School (Boulder) used such a variety of activities, which garnered all the senses for staff and students and their activities were used school-wide, as well as intensive opportunities to learn.

  • The Power of Words project asked students to consider language and be mindful of their words.  Students created personal definitions and with the help of their librarian and art teachers, created visuals and classroom curriculum to create community language throughout their building - with over ½ their student body.
  • As teachers worked within the classroom, students also saw their Principal, Samara Williams, present her engaging, Don’t Hurt a Heart Lesson, in every classroom.
  • All students and parents witnessed live theater by the 5th graders as they presented their “Character Matters” play. 
  • Lastly, it wasn’t only their students that were engaged, Emerald staff, with the leadership of their School Social Work, have created inclusionary practices and are working together to ensure safety & support for their LGBTQ students, families and staff. The impact was significant for a young transgender student in transition. This welcoming environment also impacted a student with disabilities who has emerged as a strong and active leader at Emerald.

Aspen Creek PK-8 (Boulder) had a challenging end to their 2014-2015 school year. So, as Aspen Creek’s Peace Team got started this year, they did not want to be one dimensional & looked to create a “movement” – one that they could see, hear, touch and feel when you enter the building. Although they documented their three required No Place for Hate® activities, they actually conducted 8-10 different types of activities, whole school & small group, with big & small impact, which together created an intentional culture.

  • The student-driven Peace Team used their voices not just on weekly announcements & shout outs, but created “pockets of peace” by being regular greeters, welcoming every student and conducting a locker sticky note campaign – writing individual positive messages for everyone. Students also facilitated small group discussions with their teachers, did peer-to-peer lessons in classrooms, and after collecting student data about safe spaces and analyzing it, they visited ALL 6-8th grade classrooms and presented about Safe Zones to ensure those spaces which hadn’t been safe could be changed.
  • Aspen Creek is a PK-8 school and reaching all grades can be a challenge. But by using Pinwheels for Peace, every student and staff created their vision of peace. This artistic endeavor also came with a conversation in each classroom. The pinwheels were a temporary art installation, but Aspen Creek took it a step further and they have a permanent wooden structure – a Peace Pole stands outside of their school for all to see and has created a renewed sense of community.
  • It is best captured by staff within Aspen Creek with these two quotes “The scope of this movement is captured beautifully. What an impact!”  and “Many thanks because the decrease in student bullying is truly noticeable, especially at the middle level.”   

grandview awardGrandview High School (Cherry Creek) has had to determine how to reach 2600 students with their No Place for Hate® message. With the support of their counselors, the No Place for Hate® ACTION Group reached over 1000 of their fellow students and staff in engaged dialogue about anti-bullying, anti-bias issues utilizing their school’s climate survey data along with purposeful questions about “group think” and HOW to take action. The ACTION Group’s ability to share data from student surveys, with their fellow students, allowed for a different level of understanding and hopefully accountability.

  • The No Place for Hate® ACTION Group presented lessons to all Freshman Seminar classes, which they have done in the past. However, this year, they determined that the sophomore class needed a booster lesson as a reminder and refresher. Working through the 10th grade Health classes, the Action Group revisited these critical anti-bullying/bias issues, data and dialogue.
  •  In past years students have presented to staff, but this year the ACTION Group stretched and worked with Grandview’s Integrated Learning Center (ILC) students, which are severely impacted special needs students, who may have physical or intellectual disabilities. As a school, Grandview is a magnet school for ILC students. Not only is the school engaged in an “R word” campaign, to have students understand the impact of language on their special needs community, but the No Place for Hate® ACTION Group learned that within the ILC students, there were issues of bullying & bias. So, they learned how to effectively present their lessons to ILC students, and created a chance for this community to talk with each other about how they treat each other, bully each other & how they can be allies.
  • These student leaders reached past their own comfort zones, learned about themselves and the universality of the No Place for Hate® message for all students.

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