West Hempstead MS is No Place for Hate

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West Hempstead Middle School has been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League as a Gold Star No Place for Hate school for 2017-18, representing the fourth consecutive year of earning this title. 

The ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate. Schools receive the designation by building inclusive and safe communities in which respect is the goal, and by empowering students, educators and family members to take a stand against hate and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message. 

West Hempstead earned the honor once again by introducing new initiatives that support the program. These included the Gent’s Club, a group where middle school boys can discuss social responsibility, positive peer relationships, conflict resolution and a growth mindset. The school also invited the Long Island Crisis Center to conduct student assemblies on cyberbullying and how to be a responsible digital citizen. In addition, for the second year in a row, students took part in P.S. I Love You Day, a national anti-bullying initiative, and “pay it forward” activities that focused on kindness and inclusivity among peers.

The middle school was among 207 schools throughout New York and New Jersey to be formally recognized during the ADL’s annual No Place for Hate Ceremony, held in New York City in May.