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Eagle Ridge Elementary School has received the Anti-Defamation League® No Place for Hate® designation for creating safe and respectful learning environments, bringing awareness to issues of bullying and bias throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
“Becoming a No Place for Hate designation school means that students are able to come to school and feel included. They are treated with respect and kindness by peers. We celebrate and recognize the diversity of our school and each other’s cultures,” explains Katrina Dieck, principal at Eagle Ridge Elementary School.
In order to implement the No Place for Hate motto throughout the campus, students and staff members signed the annual respect resolution. Each classroom has a No Place For Hate poster that is also signed by students and the teacher.
“There is no bullying here; we are a No Place For Hate School,” said Zoe Cox, a third-grade student who was overheard in the lunchroom by Mrs. Penoyer.
Eagle Ridge Elementary School received several grants this year, and part of the money was used to purchase No Place for Hate T-shirts for committee members; many staff members have also purchased shirts to wear on Thursdays. Committee members are assigned classrooms to share information that has been discussed at the meetings
During the Thursday morning announcement, announcements that have been created and submitted by both individual students and classes are read. Eagle Ridge also hosted three school-wide inclusive activities.
During the month of December, Eagle Ridge hosts a Title I event called Storybook Night in which the school partners with the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). In one building, teachers are reading stories, and students are completing art projects. In the cafeteria, the PTSA sets up a family event with treats and photos with Santa. Last year, the No Place for Hate committee decided this would be a good time to incorporate a cultural craft and food project.
“This year, we decided to focus on our Native American population. Our craft was sandpaper art, where students drew images on sandpaper. We also purchased Indian Fry Bread to let the students and community try food from the culture,” said Dieck.
The Heard Museum loans out traveling panels that describe Native American boarding schools. Teachers had the opportunity to visit the school library, where the panels were housed, to read and discuss the panels with their students. Question and discussion activities were available for the intermediate grades. The media tech also pulled out books on Native Americans and had those available for classes to view. Prior to the classrooms visiting the panels, the teacher sponsors met with the No Place for Hate committee to teach them first, in case their classmates had any questions they might be able to answer. The panels were set up in the library for about three weeks, culminating with the annual Storybook Night, where the parents could learn from them, as well.
The ADL Arizona committee voted Eagle Ridge’s Heard Museum panels activity as one of the top three activities of the year. “We loved the creativity, family involvement, depth of content, and how you used that activity to respond to student feedback about voices on campus that needed to be amplified. Well done on an amazing year of programming,” said Ashton Skinner, Arizona Education director/associate director of Operations, Education.
ADL’s anti-bias, allyship, and bullying prevention programs assist PreK-12 educators and students in understanding and challenging bias, building ally behaviors, and creating a climate of respect. No Place for Hate guides schools toward fostering and maintaining a positive school climate through campus-wide activities, student leadership, and community involvement.
No Place for Hate is an initiative for PreK-12 schools committed to creating sustainable change that leads to improved school climate. The goal of No Place for Hate is to inspire a national movement led by students and educators who are committed to using the power of positive peer influence to build inclusive and safe schools in which all students can thrive. Participating schools incorporate ADL’s anti-bias and anti-bullying curricula with their own creative programming to form one powerful message that all students have a place to belong. Over 1,800 Pre-K-12 schools across the country participated in No Place for Hate programming in the 2019-20 school year.