Arrowhead Elementary became the first elementary school in the Cherry Creek School District to be designated as a “No Place for Hate” school. The designation means that Arrowhead students and staff are committed to maintaining a positive school climate so all students can thrive.
“As a ‘No Place for Hate’ school, Arrowhead students and staff have made a commitment to stopping all forms of bias and bullying,” said Principal Roberta Ballard. “This year, members of our school community signed a pledge that we would work together to create a safe and welcoming learning environment.”
To earn the “No Place for Hate” designation, a school must complete a needs assessment, form a “No Place for Hate” committee, sign a schoolwide resolution of respect, conduct anti-bias or bullying prevention training and implement three schoolwide activities to prevent bias and bullying.
Ballard explained that Arrowhead created a “No Place for Hate” student coalition led by school psychologist Amber Newcomb and school social worker Charlyn Gouthman. They helped lead a group of third- through fifth-grade students through a full day of training to learn how to support their peers and lead by example. The coalition also hosted a Bully-Free Spirit Week and supported the school’s Multicultural Night. Those events, Ballard added, are just the beginning of the school’s focus on acceptance and inclusiveness.
“We look forward to year two as a ‘No Place for Hate’ school to continue building a positive learning environment,” Ballard said.
Arrowhead received the “No Place for Hate” designation and an Excellence Award on April 13 during a celebration at Mile High Stadium.