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Woodland Middle School Named 'No Place for Hate' School

Local schools named to Anti-Defamation League program.

The Anti-Defamation League named Woodland Middle School as a "No Place for Hate" school.

Woodland and 75 other New York area schools were recognized by ADL for creating safe learning environments, bringing awareness to bullying and bias issues, and promoting unity and respect.

“It was truly an emotional experience to see first-hand the tremendous passion for this program from the students,” ADL New York Regional Board Chair Gregg M. Mashberg said, describing the naming ceremony last week at The Skirball Center for Performing Arts in New York City.  “It was incredible to hear the stories from the students of how stereotypes, name-calling, jokes and bullying escalated to hate, and how No Place For Hate served as part of the solution.”

The "No Place for Hate" initiative was launched by ADL in 1999 in an effort to encourage schools to complete projects and activities that reduce bullying and bias by promoting unity. The program has directly reached 3.5 million people and has more than 1,500 schools in participation.

Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School and Mepham High School in Bellmore, and Suffolk Y JCC in Commack were also recognized this year.

EM Resident June 18, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Great schools if your child fits a certain cookie cutter image. If yours is a little different forget about it!
mari June 18, 2014 at 11:32 PM
that is so true!!!
mari June 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM
the horror stories i could tell about this school would make your hair stand straight up.... a sample my youngest son broke his foot when we contacted the school and asked if he could use the elevator we were told no, they wanted him to sit on his butt an climb the stair that way. Hi first day back still in his cast they had him sit in the back of his class when class was over he had to go through the desk he hit his foot on one of the desks an ended up back at the nurse she called me because he was complaining that his foot hurt and that he thought he had injured his big toe. I arrived at the nurses office she began to tell me she thought he was faking it and that his toe was fine, well when i looked at it it was blue and swollen i had to take him to doctors it was x-rayed and found to have been broken at that point we decided it would be better if he was given a tutor it took them 3 weeks to send one.
mari June 18, 2014 at 11:58 PM
The assistant principle was so rotten, she had us bring a note from his doctor to get the tutor which of course was no problem, when i delivered the note she said it was written right that the dates included time that involved their spring recess and that it needed to be more specific so back to the doctors office i went they re wrote the note I brought it back and she again claimed it was not right. I asked her what she wanted them to write how they should phrase it returned to the doctors office an even the doctor thought she was being a little strange.. Returned to the school and again it was not what she wanted. This time my husband said enough lets go and talk to someone in charge well we went to the high school and spoke to the person who was in charge of attendance showed her the doctors letters and she said any and all of them were acceptable she called Mrs Bloom asked her what her problem was. When my husband and i went back to give her the first note she had a fit because we had gone to the high school... I think it's sad that the kids are better behaved then the teachers lolol
EM Resident June 19, 2014 at 07:06 AM
I am so sorry Mari -my heart hurts just reading your stories!

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