Artemus Ward, a K-8 school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, kicked off their participation in the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate® Initiative with a school-wide assembly. The 550 students were addressed by a Cleveland City Councilman from the district, an ADL staff representative and a few of their peers with messages concerning the importance of creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students.

The No Place for Hate® Initiative provides schools with a comprehensive model for combating intolerance, bullying and hatred — ultimately leading to long term solutions to these problems. The program in part, requires schools to put in to place at least three activities that celebrate diversity and promote respect. The program is adaptable to meet the needs of each school and ongoing program and technical support is provided by ADL’s Cleveland Regional Office.

No Place for Hate® is sponsored by a grant from the Giant Eagle Foundation and The Patti Klaiman and Alan Rauss Educational Fund of the ADL.