Joining North Middle School in its goal towards creating an inclusive school community, Lynbrook South Middle School has earned the distinction of being recognized by the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate program for the 2020-2021 school year. The program aims to build a learning community of inclusivity, respect and equity.
Lynbrook South Middle School earned this distinction after their social emotional learning activities built an awareness of diversity, tolerance, and anti-bias. South Middle School staff and students across all grade levels participated in events such as Unity Week, Start With Hello Week and Diversity Week throughout the year to discuss identity, anti-bullying and respect among all peers and adults.
In addition to the No Place For Hate programs, all sixth grade girls completed the “Beautiful Me” Self-Esteem Program that discussed building confidence, self-awareness and skills to handle social conflict. Amanda Cioffi, Lynbrook South Middle School social worker noted, “In a year that was unlike any other, our goal was to reach our students in new ways. We wanted to encourage them to build the skills of self-advocacy, tolerance and acceptance to build a safe and supportive environment in their school.