Letter to Parents from Greenwich High School:
We are pleased to inform you that on Thursday, December 6, the Greenwich High School Class of 2016 will take part in a program called “Names Can Really Hurt Us.” Co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and Greenwich High School, “Names” is an all-day workshop that invites students to explore how name-calling and other forms of prejudice can poison the atmosphere at school and lead to serious consequences. “Names” has been delivered successfully at schools throughout Connecticut, including Staples, Weston High School, Darien High School, and Fairfield High School. This year will be the thirteenth consecutive year that“Names” will be part of the freshman orientation process.
The day’s activities will start with an assembly during which members of the student body will share their experiences with prejudice, either as targets, perpetrators, bystanders, or allies. Prepared speeches by GHS students will be followed by an open-microphone period during which students in the audience can respond to the speakers or share their own experiences. The freshmen will then eat lunch together in a specially scheduled lunch block. After lunch, student/faculty teams who have completed an extensive training program will facilitate a discussion period.
We appreciate your support for this endeavor. Since 2000 it has helped lay the foundation for a more unified, more sensitive student body in our diverse GHS community. Further questions should be directed to your student’s House Administrator.
Names Steering Committee Chair
An interesting expenditure of funds just as the school budget comes up for review.