Intermediate School earns ‘No Place for Hate’ Gold Star school status

No Place for Hate bannerMinisink Valley Intermediate School recently received its official “No Place for Hate” Gold Star School status banner for the 2021-22 school year, which recognizes the efforts of students, faculty and staff to create a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying.

“The Intermediate School is proud to receive the ‘No Place for Hate’ distinction,” said Principal Paul Dombal. “We are committed to cultivating a school community where all students feel safe and respected. That’s as important as academic achievement. The Intermediate School’s students, faculty and staff are committed to supporting these important principles for decades to come.”

NPFH is a program for schools all across the country to participate in as they work to create a space that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all students.  Participating schools incorporate anti-bias and anti-bullying resources within their existing programming to form one powerful message that all students have a place to belong.  Over 1,700 schools have joined the nationwide NPFH movement.

No place for Hate Balloon display

As part of ongoing NPFH work for the 2022-23 school year, Intermediate School students recently signed paper balloons representing each taking the NPFH Pledge. Those balloons are now part of a main hallway bulletin board.

The No Place for Hate Pledge

  • I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.
  • I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone – even if they are not like me.
  • If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher.
  • Everyone should be able to feel safe and happy in school.
  • I want our school to be no place for hate.

To learn more: No Place for Hate