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School Recognized for Anti-Hate and Anti-Bullying Efforts
School Recognized for Anti-Hate and Anti-Bullying Efforts

An anti-hate and anti-bullying message is being taken to heart by the students and staff at Quannah McCall Elementary School. Now, they are being recognized for their efforts.

The Anti-Defamation League named it the “No Place for Hate School of the Year.” The school gained the honor because of several anti-hate projects. It was chosen out of 32 other schools in the district. On the wall of McCall Elementary is the message: don’t bully or pick on others, be courteous. It is a message that is getting through to the students.

“There is no bullying. There is no hating. Everybody is kind to each other,” fifth grader Guadalupe Urbina said. 

 The school has several tough challenges. All of the students are on the free or reduced lunch program. It is in a neighborhood known for a lot of gang activity. However, the school is defying the odds. Test scores are up and discipline problems are down.

A counselor at the school started the initiative for “No Place for Hate.” Students signed pledges promising to be respectful of everyone, teachers led discussions on respect and kindness awards were given to one student in every classroom.

“The community, the parents, the teachers, the staff, everyone is on message and concerned about the welfare of the entire child,” Georgia Neu with the Anti-Defamation League said.

Children like fifth-grader Guadalupe Urbina are noticing the difference.

“Some people that were being a little mean, they are now being very nice. It is a change,” Guadalupe said.