Upper Blue Elementary wins award from Anti-Defamation League

Upper Blue Elementary School was presented with the “No Place for Hate” Excellence award from the Anti-Defamation League at a recognition ceremony last week.

ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative aims to provide schools and communities with an organizing framework for combatting bias, bullying and hatred with the intent of creating long-term solutions for maintaining a positive learning environment.

The organization’s education director, Tara Raju, said that Upper Blue won the award for several reasons, including its investments in staff and student trainings, use of literature to teach social justice and the establishment of the Hawks Caring Crew, a group of students that created skits and activities to promote a caring school environment.

“Our kids were invested and involved in the No Place for Hate program,” English language development teacher Ann-Mari Westerhoff said in a news release. “They took ownership for teaching other students how differences make us stronger.”

More information on ADL’s No Place for Hate can be found here.

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