The Middle School of Plainville has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to implement the No Place for Hate program.
“Students, staff, community partners, School Resource Officer Shane Dufresne and family partners will work together through the No Place for Hate program framework to build a learning community of inclusivity, respect and equity,” Middle School Assistant Principal Melissa Orfitelli explained.
Led by Orfitelli, the 40-person school committee kicked off the No Place for Hate program at the beginning of the school year. Representatives from the Anti-Defamation League joined committee members on Dec. 19 to train the group on what it means to combat bias and bullying by empowering all middle school community members to be allies.
The MSP No Place for Hate committee will be leading whole-school reform and working towards earning the distinction of becoming a No Place for Hate school.
“It is so important for students to feel empowered to stand up for themselves and each other in order to effect positive change throughout the school,” MSP principal Aimee Roberts said. “Students see and hear so much more than the teachers and administrators do. So in order for things to change, it is absolutely necessary that they step up. And ‘No Place for Hate’ gives them the tools to do just that.”
Superintendent of Schools Steven LePage noted, “Now more than ever, we must ensure that our schools are a safe place where all students feel safe, valued and accepted. I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits from our middle school’s participation in this important program.”