Gesu is a place where all are welcome and respected and where character formation is central. On September 15, the Anti-Defamation League presented Gesu School with our 2016 No Place for Hate designation and banner.
To earn this designation over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, the Gesu community came together to complete school-wide projects. Students held a bullying prevention contest, featuring artistic designs that reflected anti-bullying messaging. The NED Show (Never Give Up, Encourage Others, and Do Your Best) performed at Gesu to foster unity and understanding. To share this important experience with others, Gesu students helped to raise funds and “pay it forward” to send the NED Show to their peers at St. Martin de Porres School. The Walnut Street Theatre Education Department visited Gesu to perform the powerful production “Only 13,” which portrayed the causes and effects of bullying and facilitated discussion and enhanced curriculum. In May, students, faculty, staff, and families represented Gesu School in the ADL’s annual Walk Against Hate in Philadelphia.
Gesu School is proud to be an environment where all are treated with dignity and where diversity is celebrated.
Thank you to ADL Philadelphia Project Director, Lisa Friedlander and ADL board member, Kathy Axelrod for presenting our banner and joining us to commemorate this accomplishment.