CAT recognized for inclusive environment
For the second consecutive year, the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School program at the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) has been recognized as an official No Place For Hate (NPFH) school.
Run by the Anti-Defamation League, the No Place For Hate initiative is program designed to empower students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against bias and bullying while creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Nurse Jennifer Guy-Brennan spearheaded the effort at the CAT and, despite the in-person school year coming to an unexpected, sudden stop in mid-March due to COVID19, was able to get students to sign the pledge to be part of NPFH and take part in “National Random Act of Kindness Day.”
“During “National Random Act Of Kindness Day”, we supplied positive messages and small gifts for students to give to others to brighten their day. It was a success as the students enjoyed the interaction and positivity,” she said.
“While being a NPFH school is a wonderful accomplishment, the real success comes with educating students to be kind to others. In a world of uncertainty, we have the power to make others smile by just being kind and having students understand that is the real success,” Guy-Brennan said.
Principal Makensie Bullinger said the designation “is welcome and representative of the environment we foster day-in and day-out at the CAT.”