Young Boy Inspired by No Place to Hate® Writes Diversity Poem
Date: June 24, 2013
Jake Zimelman, a 5th grade student at Pinecrest Elementary School in Miami, was so moved by ADL’s No Place for Hate® life-long lessons to prevent bullying and bias - that he expressed his heartfelt feelings in a powerful poem that captures the essence of promoting diversity. Read Jake’s touching poem.
PINECREST IS NO PLACE FOR HATE(R)
By Jake Zimelman
Walking to school, whether early or late
Every step that we take is for peace not for hate
Friends strolling together while in the hall
Where it doesn’t matter if you’re short or tall
On the PE field you can lose or win
But it doesn’t depend on the shade of your skin
After-school clubs fill the kids with joy
The feeling’s the same with a girl or a boy
Our friendships here will never fade
We aren’t divided by age or grade
Students ask teachers for answers they seek
Who cares what language at home that they speak?
The parrot’s our mascot with colorful wings
Each person’s own difference is what our school brings
Pinecrest’s a place filled with love…not with hate
I’ll always love my school that I’ve helped create.