Anti-Defamation League project director Tabari A. Coleman presented the “No Place for Hate” award banner to St. Ambrose Catholic School students during an anti-bullying assembly.
GODFREY — October is National Bullying Prevention Month and one local school is addressing the problem.
St. Ambrose Catholic School in Godfrey recently was awarded the designation “No Place for Hate” by Tabari A. Coleman, project director of the Anti-Defamation League. Coleman presented the award banner to the students during an anti-bullying assembly. St. Ambrose is the only area school to receive this prestigious award, and students completed activities that promote respect while challenging prejudice and bigotry to earn the designation, including:
- “Have Character” School Year Theme — A Character Celebration kicked off the school year focused on building character and showing compassion. Students learned about and practiced self-control, responsibility, sportsmanship, service, patience, courage, honestly, respect, cooperation and perseverance. Students participated in numerous character-themed activities throughout the year, including weekly classroom “circle” meetings.
- Presented a video called “Compassion,” written, directed and starring the St. Ambrose Drama Club and Student Council members. The video may be viewed at the school’s Facebook page, St. Ambrose Catholic School Godfrey-Jan. 31 entry.
- March Against Bullying — The entire school marched on a day of unity to raise awareness of bullying and its lasting effects on young lives. Area schools were invited to participate as well, with East Elementary joining as a partner school. Officer Mudd of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office led the march, and Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick proclaimed “Anti-Bullying Day in Godfrey.” Posters were made by students and displayed at school and in the upper level of Alton Square Mall.
- Students, staff and administration committed to and signed the Resolution of Respect.
St. Ambrose continues to be a leader in bullying prevention efforts, including implementation of the nationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention program. An active DUO (Do Unto Others) steering committee of teachers, parents, administrators and community members guides the school’s efforts through classroom meetings, character celebrations and theme events throughout the school year.