Three LCPS Schools Receive No Place for Hate Designation


Trailside Middle School, Smart’s Mill Middle School and Heritage High School received No Place for Hate designations from the Anti-Defamation League for the 2022-23 school year. These three Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) middle and high schools were among the 143 schools in the Washington, D.C. region that participated in the No Place for Hate initiative this school year. The No Place for Hate initiative is a school-wide strategy that helps students, staff and communities work together to make schools welcoming and inclusive. 


The Seventh Annual No Place for Hate Recognition Virtual Ceremony congratulated the schools that participated in the initiative and featured Trailside Middle School students and staff, as well as students and staff from other No Place for Hate schools, as they shared why they valued the No Place for Hate initiative. Below are some of their statements:


  • “As I think about No Place for Hate and Trailside, being that we are in our second year of having this designation, I’m so proud of the work we have accomplished so far. I look forward to where we will be in the next few years as more and more students embrace the philosophy of No Place for Hate,” said Bridget Bleicher, Trailside principal. 

  • “No Place for Hate has created a very safe environment at Trailside,” said Venu Linca, a Trailside student.

  • “No Place for Hate has shown us that one person can make a difference,” said Anida Gonzales Levesque, Trailside librarian.

  • “No Place for Hate is about kindness and having consistent language throughout the school so that we can make conscious choices and make Trailside a better place,” said Kathleen Nealon, Trailside English teacher.


Published July 3, 2023