Lovejoy High to be designated ‘No Place For Hate’

HAMPTON — Lovejoy High plans to celebrate its designation as a No Place for Hate School — the first in Clayton County Public Schools, officials said.

Students and faculty at the school completed a year of anti-bias and anti-bullying programs to earn the distinction.

Representatives from the Anti-Defamation League will present an official designation banner during a ceremony at the school Aug. 18.

No Place for Hate is an endeavor of the Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

The organization offers its No Place for Hate program to schools — now more than 200 in the Southeast — as a rally around the goal of stopping all forms of bias and bullying.

Lovejoy High formed a No Place for Hate committee, signed a schoolwide No Place For Hate Resolution of Respect pledge and implemented a series of projects to address bullying while promoting respect.

Those projects included Future Business Leaders of America campus clean-ups, an Hispanic Parent Night, a Pumpkin Munchkin Community Service event for children and an MLK Day Cultural Proficiency Training-A World of Difference Institute.

Officials said students also developed the school’s Latino Student Association and addressed bullying issues in ninth-grade transition and summer reading programs.