Judy Linville to Receive Walter Kase Award
For the fourth consecutive year, KISD employee wins ADL recognition
March 3, 2011—Judy Linville will be honored at a spring luncheon hosted by the Houston Anti-Defamation League for the winners of the annual Walter Kase award. The three 2011 honorees nurture mutual understanding and respect. The award is named for Walter Kase, a Holocaust survivor who devotes his life to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust and making the world a more accepting place where hatred and prejudice are not tolerated. Linville creates change at Schindewolf Intermediate School in the Klein ISD. Through the No Place for Hate Club that began with 20-30 active members, Linville’s influence now touches every student and teacher on her campus. The club’s growth to an active membership of between 100-120 members, reflects increased student leadership and an expanded program that is a result of its receiving a competitive grant from the Klein Education Foundation. Evidence of the students’ leadership came during the celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week. Club members wrote, directed, and produced a video on respect that was shown simultaneously in all Schindewolf classrooms. The students who created the video grew in leadership skills, and other students tuned-in because they were watching something created by their peers. The Klein Education Foundation awarded the No Place for Hate Club sponsors a $5,000 grant that created exciting opportunities for becoming more visible. The club has used these funds to increase its presence on campus and to creatively present its messages of acceptance and unity to all students. Linville with other sponsors and students, has turned her dream of making the school a better place into a community united under the principles of No Place for Hate. The club sponsors special events on a monthly basis. All students are involved because they occur during the lunch period. While these days are glitzy and fun ways to touch all students, the club members meet monthly for lessons and projects that stress the principles of No Place for Hate. Linville’s efforts to build a more peaceful campus are the cornerstone for its anti-bullying and personal affirmation efforts. An outgrowth of the underlying message of No Place for Hate has been the implementation of a successful peer mediation program. Linville was an administrator in another school district. She chose to return to coaching and to the classroom to contribute to building a school community of respect committed to valuing all people. She has been at Schindewolf Intermediate School for five years.