Allen Receives “No Place for Hate” Designation
On October 13, William Allen was honored as a “No Place for Hate” designation. The school was presented with a banner from the Anti-Defamation League for their commitment to challenging anti-semitism, racism, homophobia, and all forms of bigotry and bullying.
During the 2015—2106 school year, various William Allen clubs such as the Anti-Bullying Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Student Government Association, along with Communities In Schools, completed three projects to bring school-wide awareness to combat against hatred.
The first projects students participated in was the 2015 Unity Day – a signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. Students participated in Unity Day by wearing or displaying orange to show support for students who have been bullied. Students also created a Unity Day Chain where they wrote comments about on orange paper about what they do to help make William Allen High School a safer place for their peers or highlighted a quality that makes them unique and proud of who they are as individuals. The strips were stapled together, resulting in one long, connected chain that visually represents the power of uniting for a common cause. Students also signed the “Resolution of Respect”. The resolution is a signed commitment by the students to do their best to combat prejudice and discrimination.
Another project completed was the National Day of Silence on April 16, 2016 by the GLSEN. This is a student-led event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students took a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment.
The final project the students completed was the Diversity Mural. Students made small canvases showcasing their individuality, diversity and positive qualities that were displayed together creating the mural.
All of these projects honored the commitment of William Allen students and staff to create a school-wide culture that promotes respect for individuals and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.