Eleven GGUSD Schools Earn Distinction as No Place for Hate Schools

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Eleven schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District earned the distinction as “No Place for Hate Schools,” from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for school-wide efforts during the 2019-2020 school  year to promote a positive school culture and climate built on values like inclusivity, kindness, and respect.

The eleven schools to earn the distinction as “No Place for Hate Schools” include Cook, Gilbert, Heritage, Patton, Simmons, Stanley and Violette elementary schools as well as Alamitos, Bell, Jordan, and Walton intermediate schools. Schools to earn honorable mention include Garden Grove, Rancho Alamitos, and Santiago high school.

To earn the designation, schools conducted a needs assessment identifying areas of growth, formed a No Place for Hate Committee, signed a pledge of respect, and implemented school-wide activities to promote and foster kindness and empathy.  Some of the activities included school-wide assemblies about the power of words, field trips to the Museum of Tolerance, and student-led anti-bullying initiatives, among others.

“Even during this period of distance learning, our schools are doing an excellent job reinforcing values of kindness and respect,” said Board of Education Trustee Bob Harden. “We are extremely committed to creating a culture – whether it’s in person or online – that builds students up in a positive way.”

GGUSD partnered with the ADL at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year as part of its “Choose Wellness” campaign focused on ensuring schools support students’ socio-emotional well-being and provide a safe and welcoming culture.  GGUSD has a three-year plan to ensure all 67 schools become “No Place for Hate Schools.”