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Bogota

  • Week of Oct. 15th - Oct. 24th: Celebrate "My Drive" to improve seat belt usage for all passengers

Cranford

  • Week of Respect
  • Pen-pals with a tribe in Africa
  • Study of the Holocaust and persecution during WWII
  • School Violence and week of Respect and Kindness
  • Cyber Bullying workshop

    East Brunswick

        • Teen Leadership Group from the HS work with Elementary and Junior High students focusing on anti-bullying and character education. 
        • Individual elementary schools hold cultural diversity events

        East Windsor

        • South Asian Club
        • O Ambassadors/Club and Heritage Day
        • Junior O Ambassadors Club for middle school
        • African American Awareness Class
        • Red Cross Service Club

        Elizabeth

        • Anti-Bullying training
        • Affirmative Action Committee
        • Real Diversity Training
        • Diversity & Bullying training workshops on myth and stereotypes offered.
        Hazlet
        Highland Park
        • Middle School Global Studies interdisciplinary assessment: students develop proposals based on global human rights to be evaluated and presented
        • High School developing Global Educational Certificate with intense community service application
        Hillsborough
          • Diversity groups and classroom presentations developed by students

          Jersey City Learning Community Charter School

            • Peer mediation

            Linden

            • Diversity Club's Diversity conference

            Livingston

            •  Diversity Council Clubs in Middle School

            Middletown

              • October 28, 2014: Mix It Up Day
              • December, 2014: World holiday customs assembly
              • "Invisible Knapsack" dialogues
              • Monthly Tributes (Latino-American Heritage, Native American Heritage, Women's History, Black History, Pacific Islander, etc.)

              Mountain Lakes

              • Rachel's Challenge to promote tolerance and create a venue for communication about diversity
              • School wide program initiative on diversity

              Millburn

              • Living Voices: "Our Revolution" about African Americans fighting for colonists during the American Revolution

              North Brunswick

              • Day of Silence to bring awareness of bullying to LGBT students.  Pledge of all-day silence ended with a pizza party.
              • Money raised (staff wore denim) for Edison shelter for battered women
              • “Do the Right Thing” campaign
              • Cultural Awareness Training is being provided to entire staff

              North Plainfield

              • Wear Blue for Anti-bullying day
              • Awesome Acts: Students are recognized for doing kind, helpful, awesome things without being asked.
              • Characteristic Educations:
                • Each month has a theme. A character trait is an assembly each month where students are recognized for showing the month’s characteristics

              Ocean Township

              • “Character Club” – Mix it Up Day, Darfur awareness

              Plainfield HS

              • “PEACE by Piece” project (anti-violence/anti-drug): Spirit week to stomp out drugs/violence, assembly with guest speaker
              • “Mix it Up” celebration of diversity


              Randolph

              • Fernbrook Elementary School in Randolph “Celebrates Unity” in their school all year long. “Fernbrook School Together We Are One”. 
              • To honor all heritages and celebrate pride in a diversified school,each grade researches history, geography and cultures of different countries and shares their learning  school wide.
              • See It and Repeat It TV Spots shown weekly through WRMS to promote good character in school and community. Find the PSA spots at www.values.com 
              • “iposters” show positive activities going on throughout the school. 
              • 5th grade orientation:  Spanish speaking parents invited to meet with a bilingual administrator. 
              • Elementary school wide rules: Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for the Environment and common character traits: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, EMPATHY, and Self Control. (CARES) 
              • SMILE box (anonymous reporting mechanism for students’ concerns), anti-bullying awareness lessons, lunch bunch with the counselor. 

              Rahway

              • International Dinner event was a success!  Funds were divided between sister school Enough Project and Red Cross for Nepal.
              • J. Prendergast (Enough Project) visited a class on Holocaust studies and also the MECC Club.
                 

              Roselle

              • Two Holocaust courses offered to local teachers
              • Amistad Club
              • March 2015: TransAtlantic Slave Trade
              • I Am Leadership group

              Scotch Plains Fanwood

              • Diversity Council Committee hosted "Diversity Day" after school.  Students had opportunity to taste traditional foods and experience traditional crafts from different countries.

              Shepard Schools

              • Bullying In-service
              • Violence prevention week
              • Assembly with Morristown PD on violence prevention
              • Accountability for Actions: Choices and Decisions – Teaching How to  be proactive when faced with adversity
              South Orange/Maplewood
              • "Diversity Rocks" club
              • National SEED Project
              • Monthly seminars
              South Plainfield
              • Student Leadership Organization: donated decorated boxes filled with meals to local food bank, and to Hands of Hope,
                a local organization helping families in need.
              • Annual run/walk/volleyball event also raised funds for families in need. 
              • Spent 2 periods a month working with students with autism
              South River
                • "Strive For 5" activities: highlights 5 character traits (honesty, respect, responsibility, service, kindness)

                Summit

                Watchung Hills Regional High School
                Westfield
                • Blues in America project in African American history classes as major cultural contribution
                • Anti-bullying student led initiatives
                • Holocaust and Genocide project with student presentations on modern genocides

                West New York

                West Orange

                • "Teacher Prejudice Reduction" freshman class

                Want to know more about these programs or other exciting things happening in NJ districts?  Email Janice Kroposky at jkroposk@kean.edu for more information!