South Nodaway R-IV students have joined in a national Anti-Defamation League campaign to become a No Place for Hate® School.
The SN students became interested in achieving this designation after listening to Tabari Coleman, a Week of Diversity speaker from the St. Louis Anti-Defamation League.
The process to receive the designation is going to start with the No Place for Hate committee hosting a highlight night on Tuesday, February 18, during the Senior Night High School varsity basketball game against Stewartsville. The night is to show SN’s unity and to take a stand against bullying. The night will feature bright yellow or highlight shirts, previously sold by the committee.
To receive the NPFH designation, the committee must have a majority of students, staff and teachers sign a Resolution of Respect and these numbers are reported to the Anti-Defamation League. Then the committee must complete three activities.
SN has chosen their three projects which will be ongoing during March. The first one is a “Diversity Quilt,” where everyone designs on a piece of paper the things that make them unique. These will be put together to show what makes South Nodaway unique. Senior Shea Miller is in charge of this project.
The second project is “No Place for Hate in the Library.” This project will show books that promote individuality, provide coloring pages to younger students and put important events in the school announcements. Senior Margaret Guss is organizing this project.
The third project is an NPFH Dance on Friday, March 21. The dance is to promote non-bullying and unification. Seniors Darell Hawley and Leann Walker are coordinating the dance and the highlight night.
Upon completion of their three activities, SN will then receive the official No Place for Hate school designation.