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The Anti-Defamation League has recognized Wantagh Middle School as one of the nation’s 1,600 No Place for Hate schools. This prestigious designation was accomplished through the sponsorship of activities that promote acceptance, tolerance and kindness on campus and by sending a clear message throughout the school that all students have a place to belong.

In order for a school to be considered a No Place for Hate school, the school must complete a needs assessment, form a No Place for Hate committee, sign a Resolution of Respect and design and implement at least three schoolwide anti-bias or antibullying prevention activities. Under the direction of Upstanders Club advisers Kristin Piciullo and Christine Hult, the club spearheaded a Mix It Up lunch and Crazy Sock Day to support World Down Syndrome Day. Throughout the year, the club also sponsored High Five Fridays where staff and students welcomed incoming students at the entrances with a high-five hand slap to make them feel welcome as they enter the building.

Assistant Principal Stephanie Scolieri, Ms. Hult and Ms. Piciullo attended a ceremony in  New York City on May 25 to receive the school’s No Place for Hate banner, which will hang in the lobby.