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All Lenape Regional High School District Schools Designated as NO PLACE FOR HATE for the 9th Consecutive Year

 

Lenape District Upstander Posters

We take proactive measures to promote inclusive school environments and a sense of community and pride.  Some examples of these proactive measures include Peer Leadership Training, School Climate Surveys, Cultural Proficiency Training, Leadership Academies, Anti-Bias Training, and our award-winning Step Up and ID Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) program.

Our “Upstander” Step-Up and ID program includes promotional posters proudly displayed in all four Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) schools as well as in the schools of our eight sending districts. These posters feature our students in their many academic and extracurricular roles and promote positive messages about the importance of being a supportive community across our entire district and all of our townships. The posters also link our Step Up and ID HIB program with our award-winning No Place for Hate program.

Our nationally recognized No Place for Hate program is rooted in the strong relationship each of our four schools has with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  During the 2020-2021 school year, the LRHSD schools earned their No Place for Hate designation for the ninth consecutive year. The No Place for Hate program helps schools challenge anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and all forms of bigotry.  We use it as an umbrella for both existing and new programs that reduce bias and bullying.

In order to earn the No Place for Hate designation, each school must create at least three projects that challenge students to think more critically and engage in meaningful activities that explore the value of diversity and teach skills to stop bias and bullying. All four Lenape Regional High Schools completed the requirements to become No Place for Hate for another school year.  Some of these projects include participation in the NJ Week of Respect, where at Cherokee, students engaged in facilitated discussions of the cultural appropriation issues surrounding the “Chiefs” mascot; Shawnee students created listening journals, in which they recorded and examined examples of respect and disrespect in the media and on social media; Lenape’s Peer Trainers conducted Social Injustice lessons for their classmates; and Seneca created a Story Corps initiative that encouraged students to have difficult conversations with both peers and family. Additionally, students and staff from all four schools virtually attended our fall Youth Leadership Conference and used the resources provided at the conference to continue the conversation back at school.

The LRHSD schools are part of nearly 230 across eastern PA, southern NJ and DE currently participating in the No Place for Hate program.  The LRHSD still has the distinction of being the first complete No Place for Hate school district in New Jersey.

We are also proud to share that the ADL’s 2017-2018 Resource Guide, which is a national publication, featured the LRHSD as a model school district.