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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. 

2016-2017 No Place for Hate® Excellence Award

Upper Blue Elementary 


Upper Blue Elementary
Teacher Ann-Mari Westerhoff, Summit Superintendent Kerry Buhler and ADL Regional Director Scott Levin and Education Director Tara Raju

UPPER BLUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Summit)
It is a small but mighty school, located in Breckenridge, CO.  In the two years that it has partnered with ADL, Upper Blue 
has not only engaged their students, but has always conducted staff training, ensuring everyone is engaged with culture and climate issues. During the 2016-2017 school year, teachers used literature to teach social justice issues, using Books of the Month. Each month had a theme, such as “be together, not the same,” and dealt with issues of poverty and homelessness, overcoming the odds and recognizing there are different kinds of families. Every teacher created windows and mirrors for students to learn more about themselves and each other. This curricular approach gave their No Place for Hate® student coalition, the HAWKS CARING CREW, the chance to create skits and activities based on the books and themes, which they performed for the entire school once a quarter. As teacher Ann-Mari Westerhoff stated, “kids were invested, involved and took ownership over teaching the rest of the school.” Their school-wide effort allowed for staff, students and families to consider every month of the school year how differences make us stronger.

 

Murphy Creek P-8


ADL Regional Director Scott Levin, Principal Lisa Grosz,
Counselor Rachel Pierce and ADL Education Director Tara Raju 

MURPHY CREEK P-8 (Aurora) educates over 650 students from very diverse backgrounds and this year they continued to successfully engage their entire middle school to think deeply about stereotyping, name-calling, judgments and their long term effects and most importantly ideas and ways students can respond to their friends, which often can be the most challenging. One lesson asked, “How is glitter like our words?”, which included a real look at how challenging glitter is to get rid of. This, and other curricular efforts, occurred very early in the school year and was supported by a letter sent home to families about No Place for Hate which included a “Bully Proof Contract” that had to be signed and returned! With this support, their No Place for Hate student coalition dug through student surveys, studied the data and determined that their focus on bullying prevention has had good results, but they recognized that the environment wasn’t always positive. Therefore, No Place for Hate student coalition focused on positive behavior and respect and organized at 6-8 additional activities. During their “kindness week,” the coalition recorded more than 544 random acts of kindness throughout the school, with many more that went under the radar!

 

Rampart High School

ADL Regional Director Scott Levin, Teachers Lyn Osburne & Sheree Lyn,
Students Naomi Nix & Suzy Yi and ADL Education Director Tara Raju

RAMPART HIGH SCHOOL(Academy District 11) In their 8th year implementing No Place for Hate®, Rampart High School was able to evolve by adding new activities and unlocking new ways to do familiar activities. They reached out to their feeder elementary and middle schools to spread the word (Mountain Ridge Middle and Carver Elementary), and both have asked for the No Place for Hate® Ambassadors to return to teach lessons on how to be an ally. These Ambassadors also focused on different and new populations to ensure all students have a point of connection within the community, using their mix-it-up lunches strategically. The Staff coordinators also went above and beyond the one required A World of Difference® Institute training, as the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors wanted more instruction, more tools and more practice. So, they added a training day for their veteran ambassadors.

Rampart High School accepting award 5

Lastly, they also created new ways to connect their staff and students by asking them to take the POSITIVITY Challenge. In partnership with K-RAM, Rampart’s TV station, the No Place for Hate® Ambassadors asked their staff and students, to find a person at school that represents all the reasons they come to school each day and tell them why they are important on camera. The result is a powerful message of connection and humanity, not just for the two people being filmed, but also for all us that have the opportunity to watch the public acknowledgement that everyone matters. Check out the video here: Rampart's Positivity Challenge.

 

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