History and Future of the Racism Free Zone
Arts & Technology Academy was partially born out of a combination of students from Jefferson Middle School and Magnet Arts Elementary School. These schools made history by declaring the building a Racism Free Zone. Although these two schools no longer exist, the tradition of working toward the eradication of racism is still alive and strong. A Racism Free Zone means that students and staff do not tolerate racism and other forms of discrimination. All people are welcome in this school. No one is called by a name other than their own or put down or isolated for who they are. Upon the opening of this new school, the students and staff issued the following declaration:
Arts & Technology Academy’s Racism Free Zone Declaration
We, the students of Arts and Technology Academy declare our school to be a Racism Free Zone.
- Our school will be free and open to all people without regard to cultural or color differences.
- No racist remark or harassment will be allowed.
- Any such actions will result in serious consequences and educational opportunities.
- Our school will be respectful to people of all races and cultures.
- All people will be welcomed here.
- We will do our very best to get rid of racism from our school and the world.
This re-dedication included training the staff on the racial sensitivity, cross-cultural communication, and cultural sharing. Students receive a training on what a Racism Free Zone means and what their part is in holding themselves to high standards of respect.