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Starting this fall, Woodland School will be “No Place for Hate,” Superintendent Anthony Arcodia told the Barrington Board of Education at Monday’s meeting.
The program, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, “enables schools and communities to challenge anti-Semitism, racism, hatred, and bigotry in all forms,” according to the Philadelphia region No Place for Hate website.
“By providing a model for responding to and preventing acts of hatred, No Place for Hate is an innovative and powerful method for reducing bias and bullying, increasing appreciation for diversity and building communities of respect,” the site says.
As part of the program:
— A committee or ‘diversity club’ will be created to oversee anti-bias activities in the school.
— A signing of the “Resolution of Respect” will be held.
— The administration will work with students to complete three or more activities that celebrate diversity and promote respect. The site notes: “Projects should expose young people to other cultures, celebrate diversity and promote respect for differences. Ideally, projects will help young people put current events into historical context, challenge them to think critically and evoke a sense of ‘community.’ ”
— The school can then officially be declared a “No Place for Hate” school in a ceremony in which it will be given a banner to commemorate the effort.