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Widefield School District 3 Celebrates Day Without Hate Day

 

Photos courtesy of Samantha Briggs, director of communication, widefield school district 3

Participants in a Janitell/Sproul softball game.

Widefield School District 3 celebrated Day Without Hate Thursday, April 25.  The national DWOH was Friday, April 26, but there was no school for students that day. 

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Students, staff, and parents wore white to show unity as each building promoted kindness, respect and non-violence through a variety of activities.  Students at several schools decorated doors and left Post-it notes on lockers with positive messages

During lunch time at Sproul and Janitell Junior High, schools students signed a poster to take the pledge to be kind. Following lunch at Sproul students gathered outside on the field and formed a human circle and read aloud a statement to be positive. Janitell students participated in team building games in the afternoon that included working together to stack cans, stack cups, put together puzzles, and other minute-to-win it type of games. A photography installation was put on the walls in the cafeteria at Mesa Ridge High School that highlighted students' photos with their writings that described who they are.

Photos courtesy of Samantha Briggs, director of communication, widefield school district 3

Sproul 8th graders form a chain.

Third graders teamed up with kindergarteners at King Elementary and talked about how to do what is right, not what is easy. Special education students at Widefield High School handed out bracelets at lunch time and Discovery High School students came over and played games with them.

Day Without Hate is a student led, grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, unity, and respect in schools. After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School in Westminster (a Denver suburb) asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place.

Since then, students across Colorado and the nation have taken this incredibly positive day to their communities to say that "we will not tolerate violence or hate, and we will reach out to friends and acquaintances and say, 'We're all in this together,'" according to the Day Without Hate website.

 

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