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All Lenape Regional High School District Schools Designated as NO PLACE FOR HATE for the 6th 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 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 2017-2018 the LRHSD schools earned their No Place for Hate designation for the sixith 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 Seneca’s lessons on working with people in the transgender community; Cherokee’s participation in the ADL’s WALK Against Hate; Lenape’s March for Martin, an annual event that honors the March on Washington; and Shawnee’s One Book, One School Initiative, during which they read a book and participated in projects that connected with the No Place for Hate Resolution of Respect.  This year, Seneca engaged even more deeply with the ADL through participation in a Peer Training program, and all four schools attended the fall Youth Leadership Conference: Exploring Diversity, Challenging Hate at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

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 only 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.