Colonial Elementary School students commit to kindness during No Place for Hate assembly

Colonial Elementary School (CES) students took a pledge to treat others with fairness and kindness and learned about how their older peers are doing the same as part of a No Place for Hate assembly held Friday, Dec. 2.

During the gathering, a video of Colonial Elementary School students speaking about the purpose of the No Place for Hate program was shown. The students talked about the importance of being “upstanders,” and about how differences should be celebrated as something special. 

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School students also visited and spoke with the fourth- and fifth-graders about their commitment to making their school a place where all feel welcome. The students belong to the Anti-Defamation League’s Peer Training program, and each of them explained why they decided to join. They also prompted their younger peers to think about times when they may have observed bullying in their own school and what they can do to help.

Colonial Middle School’s No Place for Hate Club also joined in the assembly. They talked about their club’s projects, which include creating a weekly diversity calendar for the school community, planning a building-wide kindness challenge, and planning their next discussion series.

The assembly ended with students taking the No Place for Hate Pledge, and with a performance by the CES Chorus. The school-wide event is one of the requirements of maintaining the No Place for Hate designation that is awarded annually by the Anti-Defamation League. All Colonial School District schools participate in maintaining these designations.

Students at CES take part in No Place for Hate assembly