Grant On Way to No Place for Hate Status
Schools must complete three steps during the school year to earn the label. The steps include creating a No Place for Hate Committee, having students and staff take a pledge to create an inclusive school environment, and completing three anti-bias schoolwide activities.
In the sessions, which were made possible by the PTA's generosity, an ADL representative talked with the students about being allies for each other and what that means. Students then broke into groups and created their own paper allies on which they were asked to share thoughts and feelings about being an ally. Thanks to the kindness and creativity of staff members Beth Kiraly and Laura George, each Grant student and staff member received a kindness button at the assembly to reinforce the message of the day.
Any school building can apply to be a No Place for Hate school. Lakewood High is also working toward the No Place for Hate designation. Last school year, 27 schools in Northeast Ohio became No Place for Hate schools.
In next steps, all Grant students and staff will sign their names to the No Place for Hate pledge on a poster that will hang near the cafe. The school also has started a new student club for PreK-5 students called, "Grant's No Place for Hate Club '' that will focus on ways that the school can continue to grow with learning about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.