Orchard’s No Place For Hate Club Recognized at Anti-Defamation League Awards Ceremony
[Keep scrolling after the article to see video and pictures from the event]
The Orchard School was recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) last month as the first school in Indiana to initiate the process to become a No Place For Hate school. Current and former students from Orchard’s No Place For Hate Club were invited to the ADL’s Man of Achievement Award Dinner honoring Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc.
Orchard was the only other organization recognized that night by the ADL, the world’s leading anti-hate group. In front of thousands of people—including the Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett, our students received a well deserved ovation from the crowd. This is a prime example of Orchard’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. We teach our students to consider multiple perspectives, debate difficult questions in good faith, and to collaborate with people who may have different cultures, experiences, views and talents. We recognize and value our similarities. We explore, learn from, and appreciate our differences.
We are incredibly proud of our students for taking positive action on such important issues facing our world today. Middle School Director, Jamie Napier, delivered a powerful speech about Orchard’s focus on diversity and inclusion as well as our No Place For Hate Club. Here’s and excerpt from his speech:
A group of about 18 students chose to be in our no-place-for-hate club instead of math club, or running club, or board game club, ultimate frisbee club or model UN. Sitting here with me is a small set of students from that initial club dedicated to having the necessary conversations to express how our school is doing in terms of bias, both explicit and implicit. From micro-aggressions to episodes of bullying, the students were eager to engage in conversations and do the work of giving our school a report card on its ability to sustain a culture free of bias. A school culture where students could be themselves, where students could rely on both teachers and one another to grow into a community as free from unfair judgements as possible.