Posted Date: 05/01/2021
The Anti-Defamation League has named Hempstead Elementary School one of its No Place for Hate campuses for the 2020-2021 school year. HES administrators put in many hours of work to help all students learn how to build better relationships with their peers through the nationally recognized program.
“We knew we had some areas of concern to focus on with student-to-student relationships when our students took a climate survey,” Tracy Hill, HES assistant principal and program coordinator, said. “The NPFH lessons helped because they focused on bullying, teasing, and name-calling that were where the students’ concern levels were from the survey.”
HES fifth-grade student Brooklyn Williard-Wilson understands the importance of the program.
“It’s important to have no place for hate in our school so people can feel safe around other students,” she said.
HES formed a committee of students, teachers, and parents to oversee the program’s parameters. Those include: taking the NPFH pledge, teaching approved lesson plans, role modeling appropriate behaviors, and taking photos of the various activities.
Not all schools that apply for the program receive NPFH recognition. In the 2019-2020 school year, 235 Southern Texas schools earned the designation.
“Schools are required to complete all of the steps and required expectations of the program each year to achieve the status,” Hill said.
Hill hopes the HES student body continues to stay invested in the program, and the relationships continue to improve on campus.
“The mindset is there. We are providing the tools to help our students improve the things they know are needed to come to school and feel safe.”
HES counselor Leah Smith is the program’s co-coordinator with Mrs. Hill.