2018-19 No Place For Hate
The coalition hosted their 1st campus-wide event 10/5/2018. Erasing Hate was an activity we did several years ago and they felt it was time to bring it back. It is a simple, but powerful demonstration of the power of choosing kindness.
The student sub-committee created a "Wall of Hate" - an enormous panel of bullying, hateful, cruel statements. The wall is black and blue they explain, "...like a bruise, because words can hurt people."
They gathered a giant list of kind words and affirmations from every classroom and wrote them onto colored post-it notes - 1268 words! One for every child and adult in our campus community!
On Friday, they led each of our 52 classes to the wall and discussed the way we all can choose o replace hate and ugliness with kindness and beauty. They invited everyone to choose a kind word (offering reading assistance to our younger students} and then select a bullying word to "erase".
During the course of the day, the entire school population could watch the Wall of Hate transform as each individual chose kindness.
The Resolution of Respect
Every tear we reaffirm our commitment to the principles of No Place For Hate by signing the Resolution of Respect.
This year we added it to our Back to School nights as a way to most effectively share these ideas and enlist the support of our parent partners!
2017-18 No Place For Hate
I am Unique - 4/23/ 2018
We Love Piney Point - A Hug for Your School 2/14/2018
Resolution of Respect 9/25/2017
Kick-Off 9/21/2017 International Day of Peace
For our 6th annual launch event we selected a book share. Our 4th grade coalition members selected two books; Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes was chosen for Pre-K - 2nd grade and Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman was picked for 3rd - 5th grades. Both of the stories share an important part of the No Place For Hate Message. Chrysanthemum teaches us to be grateful for the things that make us unique - like our names, and to never tease people for their differences. Amazing Grace learns that other people may try to impose limits on her, but that she should stay true to her dreams and sense of self. She discovers that these barriers are a product of ignorance and that they can be torn down by perseverance. She can clear those obstacles for herself and others who will come after her.
2016-17 No Place For Hate
Kick-Off - International Day of PeaceEvery year we launch our No Place For Hate program on the International Day of Peace. This year's event was called, "Be a Piece of the Peace". The idea for a collaborative mural was inspired by a project at the Dallas Museum of Art and the work of artist Robert Silvers.
Piney Point No Place For Hate 1 from Kimberly Boyce-Quentin on Vimeo.
Our No Place For Hate student coalition organized, and managed the whole event! We are so proud of our 4th grade leaders for their outstanding work! They visited every classroom on campus and distributed envelopes full of little squares. They asked every student and staff member to write a word that symbolized peace, love, and respect and then draw an image that represented that idea in shades of one color.
They collected and sorted all the pieces and assembled them into the coalition's vision of a world without hate!
Resolution of Respect - Election Day 2016
Piney Point Is GREAT Because It's No Place For Hate - Video Project
Peace Rocks! - Earth Day 2017 - Walk the Path of Peace
Our CommitmentPiney Point is proud to be an ADL No Place for Hate campus for the 4th year. The program is designed to promote inclusive school communities and raise awareness of the problems caused by bigotry. We rejoice in our richly diverse student body! Every Panther is unique and should feel that their contributions are valued.
We introduce new programs and events every year to reinvigorate our campus commitment to tolerance and respect for individual differences.
Special Events 2015-16:International Day of Peace
This year's kickoff celebration was organized and managed by Ms. Giron & Ms. Aguilera's 4th grade G/T class. They started with the story of Sadako. They decided to create peace pledges and to hang 1000 origami cranes for the school.
They extended the project when they discovered the Peace Crane Project - an entity that matches schools around the world to share art projects. We set up an exchange with schools overseas and began collecting paper. As an Eco-School we try to reuse and reduce our material consumption whenever possible! Students practiced their origami and drafted model peace pledges.
The entire campus was invited to participate, and 1283 peace pledges were written and folded into cranes! The cranes were then strung together and left up on display for the rest of the day!
Resolution of Respect
This is an annual school-wide event. Each year, every single member of our campus community is asked to take the time to read through the Resolution of Respect and signify their willingness to abide by its principles.
We had 100% again for 2015-16!
Upper grade students visited lower grade classes to read one-on-one. The students shared books that had a social focus and dealt with topics such as bullying, kindness, self-respect, respect for others, and socially acceptable behavior. This was an opportunity for our 4th and 5th grade leaders to share what they have learned from their own life experiences as well as their academic skills. Primary students enjoyed working with "big kids" and felt freer to ask questions about rules and the reasons behind policies.
This program pairs upper elementary students with primary students. The older children serve as mentors to their "buddies". They physically assist them at lunch, answer questions, advise them and act as role models. This provides obvious, material benefits to the younger children, but is equally valuable to the mentors! They are given an authentic opportunity for leadership and the exercise of responsibility.