The global pandemic has led to isolation, heartbreak and loss for many, but for the Lynbrook North Middle School community, it also led to transformation, innovation and teamwork. Due to the positive efforts of students and staff this year, Lynbrook North Middle School was once again recognized by the Anti-Defamation League as a No Place for Hate School.
No Place for Hate is a self-directed program intended to help schools create a more equitable and inclusive climate where all students can thrive. To earn the No Place for Hate designation, a school must demonstrate a positive, safe and inclusive learning environment for students by designing and implementing at least three school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention activities approved by the ADL.
Lynbrook North Middle School students and staff showcased this throughout the school year by creating and engaging in memorable activities that prompted important conversations about bias, bullying, cyberbullying, discrimination, name-calling, prejudice and stereotypes. They participated in special weeks and days such as Start With Hello Week, which fostered social inclusivity and mental health awareness; Unity Day, where students spoke about crucial subjects pertaining to social justice and inclusivity; and Diversity Rocks, a special project where students painted rocks and expressed themselves creatively after engaging in discussions about identity and the concept of stereotyping.
“We want to help students understand that everyone has a role to play in combating bias and bullying as a means to stop the escalation of hate,” said Lynbrook North Middle School Social Worker Sandra Gettenberg.
Staff members will continue to foster conversations about these important issues while finding new ways to continue to build a kind and inclusive school environment for all.