In an assembly for Character Counts Week, Ogg Elementary celebrated being named a NO Place for HATE campus for the third consecutive year!
Dr. Smiley “Dynamo” Elmore, former NFL player and now bodybuilder and motivational speaker, challenged the student to make good choices and build strong character. He used demonstrations of physical strength to illustrate the power of words and encouraged the students to stay strong in the face of adversity.
Being a No Place for Hate campus means that everyone at Ogg Elementary stands up for one another and works to create a campus where all students and staff members feel valued for who they are, explained Karen Gresham, Ogg’s School Counselor.
No Place for Hate is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League in Houston. There are very few campuses awarded this designation, even though numerous campuses apply. Peace and injustice are difficult concepts to understand and practice in our world today, but students and staff at Ogg Elementary strive everyday to work and play together, without hatred.
No Place for Hate (founded in 2001) is a designation that is given to schools that qualify by planning activities on campus that promote respect, tolerance, and value in others. These lessons help raise awareness of cultural, religious, and racial diversity and, yet, help educate the youth on similarities. Furthermore, activities must address school-based issues that affect the students and faculty on the campus, have a campus-wide impact, focus on inclusion and school community, foster harmony, involve students in the planning and implementation, involve active learning, and take place over the entire school year.