ADL was proud to designate the Village of Pinecrest as a Community of Respect™. As cities become increasingly diverse, ADL’s Community of Respect™ initiative highlights the benefits of diversity, encourages inclusiveness, and empowers people to reject prejudice and discrimination.

On May 20th, ADL presented Village of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner with a special Community of Respect™ banner during an extraordinary ceremony showcasing diversity. Prior to the banner presentation, Pinecrest public schools provided individual performances including: jazz band/drama, orchestra, peer mediators singing “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars, and poetic readings.

The Village of Pinecrest has a wonderful history of community engagement through activities and programs that demonstrate the city’s commitment to fostering a bias-free environment. Specifically, the Village of Pinecrest is the first city in Florida to commit all of its schools to work toward ADL’s No Place for Hate® designation. This achievement reflects the Village’s strong dedication to eliminating bullying, cyberbullying and all forms of bigotry from its schools. Indeed, the Community of Respect™ initiative was inspired by ADL’s successful No Place for Hate® campaign in schools throughout Florida and nationwide.

Under the rubric of ADL’s No Place for Hate® campaign, the Village of Pinecrest celebrated “International Day of Peace” in September 2012 at Pinecrest Gardens, held a communitywide screening of the film “Bully” followed by a panel discussion, and most recently, Miami Palmetto Senior High School experienced an incredibly engaging and moving No Place for Hate® designation.

ADL thanks the Harriet and Jack Rosenfeld Foundation for sponsoring ADL’s anti-bullying trainings at Palmetto Elementary School, Pinecrest Elementary School, Howard Drive Elementary School, and Palmetto High School.

Special thanks to Lisa Mallard, Counselor, Palmetto Senior; Randall Cromer, Assistant Principal, Palmetto Middle; Julie Astuto, Counselor, Palmetto Elementary; Daria Valle, Counselor, Howard Drive Elementary; and Lynn Drittel-Kaplan, Counselor, Pinecrest Elementary for their assistance.