Sandy Hook Promise Looks to Create Inclusion with Start With Hello Week
The initiative teaches students skills to create more connectedness on campus.
- By Sydny Shepard
- February 01, 2018
In an effort to decrease the amount of violence on campuses across the country, Sandy Hook Promise, an organization designed to help prevent gun-related deaths following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, has implemented Start With Hello Week.
The initiative is aimed at creating more inclusion and connectedness on campuses by teaching students, grades 2-12, the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation.
"Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible," Sandy Hook Promise explains on their website. "Young people who feel this way may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development or choose to hurt themselves or others."
Start With Hello Week brings attention to this issue while empowering students to recognize those who may be dealing with social isolation and how they can help.
Hundreds of schools and organizations across the United States will participate in Start With Hello Week, Feb. 5 - 9. Sandy Hook Promise provides a planning guide, contests and awards to help guide teachers when talking to their students during the week.
Sign up to participate in Start With Hello Week here.
Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.