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Sanford StreetTLC Latest of All Four Campuses to Receive "No Place for Hate" Distinction
Friday, June 12, 2015
CBS 6 was at Sanford Street Teaching and Learning Center Friday, June 12 to capture the school body receiving their “No Place for Hate” designation from the Anti-Defamation League.
Prior to receiving the banner at the Sanford Street, seven students performed a skit about anti-bullying that featured Captain Courage played by teacher Tim Rock and Fear played by Glen Dixon.
The addition of Sanford Street TLC means all four Washington- Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES’ schools have been recognized for their stance on fighting bullying. The Anti-Defamation League has designated each one as a “No Place for Hate” campus. The other campuses are: Washington Street Teaching and Learning Center in Fort Edward the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls and the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs.
Gina Villiere, the No Place for Hate coordinator at Sanford Street TLC and one of the school’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) coordinators explained that a “No Place for Hate” school is an initiative through the Anti-Defamation League that provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate in schools.
Three out of the four schools earned Gold Star status this year, which means students participated in activities beyond the four required. At Sanford Street, they began their school year began with a guest speaker who talked to students about bullying followed by students signing the anti-bullying pledge/promise. The students participated in a puppet show on bullying and diversity. They also completed a Martin Luther King conflict resolution play with a focus on universal rights for all regardless of gender race of skin color followed by students posting "a dream'” they wanted to share with the world throughout the building.
In addition, Sanford Street along with all the schools follows the behavior management system, The Boys Town Education Model, which calls on students to practice daily skills, such as showing respect, showing sensitivity to others, tolerating differences and using self control. “These are all necessary skills for creating a school culture where students feel safe to learn,” said Mrs. Villiere. “The staff work tirelessly to provide opportunities to create inclusive learning environments where tolerance and diversity are respected.”
Ruth Shippee, Dean of Students at the Myers Center, added that Myers' students attended a fall training by the Anti-defamation League. To assist the campus in receiving Gold Star status, students did a variety of campus activities as well as act as teen mentors at Sanford Street TLC one day. Accepting the banner for Myers are (in the photo) are: Lander Linen (Saratoga), Isabella Dauphinais (Saratoga), Anthony Torres (Waterford- Halfmoon), Victoria Pinto (Schulerville), and Morganne Gottsammer (Waterford-Halfmoon).
Linda Beck-Fragale, Dean of Students at SAEC, said that SAEC earned its Gold Star status by students participating in myriad activities that included adding an inspirational quote of the day relating to the anti-bullying message in their morning announcements, attending Peer Training Leadership Program and then using their skills at Sanford Street TLC, participating in Unity Day, Project Connect and making a wave of kindness go viral (#kindesswaveatSAEC) via social media.
Congratulations to all schools for their outstanding efforts to combat bullying.