For the fifth year in a row Palmetto Bay’s Coral Reef Elementary School was named a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League. A special ceremony honoring the occasion took place at the school on May 9.
No Place for Hate was developed to organize schools to work together and “develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity and foster harmony amongst diverse groups.” The campaign empowers schools to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice, bigotry, name calling, and bullying. This year’s award coincided with the school’s Peace Week Celebration that included yoga and peace pinwheels.
In addition to the students taking part in the ceremony in the school’s cafetorium, members of the Palmetto Bay Policing Unit; Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, District 9 member of the Miami-Dade County School Board; school administrators and staff, and Karyn Cunningham, Palmetto Bay Seat 1 Councilmember, attended.
Cunningham was appreciative of the school’s accomplishment and the ongoing year-round work that led to the school once more being recognized.
“The school’s counselor, Palmetto Bay resident Susan C. Sirota, along with classroom teachers and Village of Palmetto Bay Police Officer Peter Judge participate in many anti-bullying programs throughout the year, among them DARE, Officer Friendly and The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment Anti-Bullying Conference,” Cunningham said. “Each of these activities builds on one another during students’ elementary school career. Thanks to this great peace team for making Palmetto Bay a great place to live, learn and play.”