The No Place for Hate® Excellence Award was created to award an active No Place for Hate® school for an activity or a culmination of activities within a school year that had an exceptional impact on the school community within the context of their No Place for Hate® Campaign.  In 2016, active NPFH schools  had the opportunity to nominate themselves or be recognized in the elementary, middle or high school level. 

2017-2018 No Place for Hate® Excellence Award

 Arrowhead Elementary School 
ArrowHead Elementary

In their first year, Arrowhead Elementary School embraced No Place for Hate creating three distinctive school-wide activities which combined classroom teaching, student learning, fun grade-level competition and family participation. 
Arrowhead’s multicultural night, brought together more than half of the school and included more than good food. Prior to the evening event with families, in class, students created artwork, discovered their personal heritage, learned new dances & created artifacts. So, at the event, families shared meals, danced and saw themselves represented throughout the school. 
Arrowhead’s Random Acts of Kindness month included a grade-level CHALLENGE, which was created through classroom teaching, kindness practice throughout the school and a visual representation by grade so everyone could keep track of which grade level was ahead. Teachers taught about what kindness looks like, feels like, sounds like, THEN each grade level (students & staff) was challenged to practice acts of kindness, and when seen/ witnessed they were written on color coded CUTOUT paper people and DISPLAYED all around the school. So, you knew – which grade had stepped up their Kindness practice! 
Lastly, Arrowhead used their spirit week to show school spirit, but they also used each day to teach & learn about different forms of bullying that are specific to Arrowhead ES & how to prevent it. One day there were lessons about cyberbullying, another was about why not to use the R word and issues that Students with Disabilities face, they had a day to discuss conflict and bullying behaviors between friends, and a NP4H day to practice being an Ally. 
Isaac Newton Middle School 

In their 7th year with No Place for Hate, Isaac Newton Middle School (INMS) evolved their normal activities, they tried something new and changed their No Place for Hate habits and found success.

INMS created three No Place for Hate Coalitions, one at each grade level, which has meant almost 50 students, at each grade level, have been meeting twice a week (with a grade level coordinator) to plan and prepare lessons which the students deliver to their peers in homerooms three times a month. Also, a group of 7th & 8th grade students attended an additional 5-hour training, to ensure they knew how to be peer mediators for the 6the grade class. Then, INMS approached these new NP4H strategies by using a typical classroom approach to learning (KWL) and applied it with No Place for Hate. INMS knew and understood that a peer to peer approach is powerful at this age. In the middle of the year, they wanted to know if their homeroom lessons/ discussions were effective. They surveyed their students to find out and asked questions like, “I have been a willing and positive participant in the NP4H lessons” and they found almost 90% of their students said they were. They also asked, “Have the homeroom lessons made you more aware of negative and/or positive action or words here at Newton?” Almost 80% of students said yes, the lessons had impacted them!
Lastly, what did they learn from this mid-year reflection? They now knew how to adjust the lessons, choose topics and what to change or keep for next year. They sweat the small stuff and found results.

Boulder High School 

With a student population of over 2000 students, Boulder High School’s (BHS) Unity Council has been a small but active group. It can be a challenge to engage active high school students, but they have been able to maintain and sustain interest in their NP4H efforts for 8 years and they continue to voice their opinions and activism within the walls of BHS as well as to the community at large.

They found their voice this year and engaged the entire 9th grade in smaller classroom settings to discuss Boulder’s culture, and issues of division & exclusion. They also embraced the idea of art as an expression of No Place for Hate, expanding student and staff involvement through the Art Department, using ADL’s art contest theme and their own to create a permanent display of student created work. For the first time, Unity Council has a monthly piece on Panther Television (PTV) to keep these issues at the forefront of their peers #PantherUnity! Lastly, the Unity Council has recognized that students aren’t the only group at Boulder High that could be learning, discussing and challenging their personal & systemic biases. So, they conducted a Professional Development Training for the 150 staff at BHS about implicit bias which included students sharing stories about their experiences with teachers. This connection between students and staff is critical to keep conversations open and honest to create understanding. 

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