Truman is a ‘No Place For Hate’ Gold Star School!

Truman students and buildOn Coordinator proudly pose with the NPFH banner.

Truman students and buildOn Coordinator proudly pose with the NPFH banner.

Congratulations to the Truman community for earning Harry S Truman High School’s honor as a 2013-2014 No Place for Hate Gold Star School! We attended a Recognition Ceremony, held at the Skirball Center in Manhattan on May 21, 2014. We heard from inspirational speakers, including The Ellington Poets of PS 4, echoing the sentiment that WE ARE ONE. One person can make a difference, but imagine what a whole community can do to combat violence and hate.

As we look ahead to the 2014-2015 school year, and the march towards a sixth consecutive year as a No Place for Hate campus, we ask that you continue to follow the principles of the resolution of respect – 

I pledge from this day forward to do my best to combat prejudice and to stop those who,
because of hate or ignorance, would hurt anyone or violate their civil rights. I will try at all
times to be aware of my own biases and seek to gain understanding of those who I
perceive as being different from myself. I will speak out against all forms of prejudice and
discrimination. I will reach out to support those who are targets of hate.

I will think about specific ways my community members can promote respect for people
and create a prejudice-free zone. I firmly believe that one person can make a difference
and that no person can be an “innocent” bystander when it comes to opposing hate. I
recognize that respecting individual dignity, achieving equality and promoting intergroup
harmony are the responsibilities of all people. By signing this pledge, I commit myself to
creating a respectful community.

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