On February 25, 2019, the Jr./Sr. High School transformed into a colorful display of kindness, friendship, and hope. Hallways were lined with post-it notes reminding passersby to “never compare yourself” and that “you make others happy.” Between classes, students were wrapped-up in countless positive affirmations and messages.
This was the district’s second ‘No Place For Hate’ (NPFH) event of the school year. ‘No Place for Hate’ is a program designed to help schools take the lead on improving and maintaining a positive culture where students can thrive.
In addition to the positive affirmations, teachers started the morning with an open discussion about the event. Students took time to reflect on the power of a simple “random act of kindness” and how it could brighten someone's day and make them feel noticed and appreciated.
Sometimes, that’s all it takes!
The idea for this event came from a group of students who are committed to educating others on the importance of acceptance. While teachers may have assisted, this event was completely student driven. These students are committed to combating bias and bullying as a means to stop the escalation of hate.