Longfellow MS receives "No Place for Hate" designation

Release: Oct. 12, 2017 

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What:         No Place for Hate award designation

Who:          Anti-Defamation League representatives
                  State Representative Diana Arevalo House District 16
Longfellow faculty, staff and students

When:        Oct. 13 (Friday) – from 9 to 10 a.m.

Where:       Longfellow Middle School football field
1130 E. Sunshine St., 78228

San Antonio ISD’s Longfellow Middle School has earned the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) designation as a “No Place for Hate” school. Longfellow was awarded the designation for its efforts to combat bullying and to promote respect across campus during the 2016-17 school year.

ADL representatives will present the school with a banner during a pep rally Friday morning.

In addition, the school’s choir, mariachi group and dance team will perform.

To earn the designation, Longfellow created a student-led No Place for Hate Coalition made up of students and staff to coordinate the following efforts:

  • Everyone in the school signs the ADL’s Resolution of Respect.
  • A school-wide pre- and post-assessment analyzing the school’s culture, goals and areas of strength and concern.
  • A kickoff event to introduce the initiative to all school members, which included viewing the one-act play “Gossip” performed by the school’s theatre students.
  • Three major projects during the 2016-17 school year.

Longfellow’s three campus-wide projects were as follows:

  • Dia De Los Muertos Altars – This project helped student learn about culture, diversity and honor victims of bullying and cyberbully.
  • Diversity Door Decorating Contest – This activity helped students understand the meaning, types and positive effects of diversity on campus and across the world.
  • Series of Advisory Lessons – Students received weeklong lessons with information on diversity, immigration and the struggles that immigrants face, as well as the effects of gossip and bullying.