Eleven GGUSD schools earned the distinction as “No Place for Hate Schools,” from the Anti-Defamation League 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. High schools to earn honorable mention include Garden Grove, Rancho Alamitos, and Santiago.
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.