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Schalmont High School named a No Place for Hate school

June 20, 2016

No Place for HateThroughout the school year, Schalmont’s SADD club has worked to get Schalmont High School designated as an official No Place for Hate school.

The campaign was inspired by junior Kelsey Delaney, who discovered the project while researching for activities SADD could do.

“I came across the No Place for Hate and I thought that it would be a great addition to our school,” Delaney said. “I wanted to make Schalmont a No Place for Hate school, because I feel that it is important for everyone to feel as though our school is an anti-prejudice environment.”

A national program sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, No Place for Hate is designed to create inclusive school communities by promoting unity and respect, and empowering schools to reduce bullying, name-calling and other expressions of bias.

No Place for HateIn compliance with the New York State Dignity Act, No Place for Hate offers schools the opportunity to be recognized for their staff development and student training related to bullying, harassment and discrimination. Schools that fulfill all requirements receive recognition and a personalized No Place for Hate banner at the end of the school year.

No Place for Hate“In order to make Schalmont High School a No Place for Hate school, we had to complete at least three activities that had to do with diminishing prejudice. We did a Mix it Up at Lunch with the 9th grade class [view story], a presentation on stereotypes, and also we had a No Place For Hate T-shirt design contest,” Delaney said. “Mrs. Gordon and Ms. Krone have helped out this club a lot and they were huge components in helping Schalmont become a No Place For Hate School.”

No Place for HateThe students and Schalmont High School were honored at the No Place for Hate Recognition ceremony at the SUNY Albany Performing Arts Center in May, where they received the banner that is now displayed in the High School theater lobby/café area.

“I hope that Schalmont students will gain the knowledge of knowing how to combat prejudice and make Schalmont better and better each year,” Delaney said.