Canutillo, TX (KDBC) — All nine campuses in the Canutillo Independent School District have earned official “No Place For Hate” certification from the Anti-Defamation League for their efforts to curb bullying and promote acceptance and understanding among students and adults.
This is the third straight year in which CISD schools earn the No Place For Hate certification. Canutillo remains the only school district in West Texas to earn the designation.
“Parents send us their very best and brightest every day, and it is up to us as a District to make sure they are safe from any harassment or bullying,” said Interim Superintendent Annette Brigham. “No Place For Hate is a wonderful program that has taught our children not just to accept one another, but to also celebrate our differences in a way that is healthy and educational.”
To qualify for official No Place For Hate certification, campuses had to have every student and staff member sign a Resolution of Respect stating that they would not stand for bullying and that they would report any incident in an effort to eradicate it from their school.
Schools also had to host three different activities throughout the school year to promote acceptance and understanding. Activities included dances, guest speakers, field trips and art contests.
At a ceremony on Saturday at Canutillo High School, the banners to show the official No Place For Hate designation were unveiled for all nine campuses.
The ceremony was attended by students, teachers and principals, as well as incoming CISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galavíz.
“This is a forward-thinking program that should serve as a model for other school districts in the fight against bullying,” he said. “I’m glad Canutillo is a leader in this regard.”