During the week of September 24–28, hundreds of schools and youth organizations from across the United States will participate in Sandy Hook Promise’s third annual Start With Hello Week. Start With Hello Week bring attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school.. Start With Hello Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through Start With Hello activities.
Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. In fact, one study reports that chronic loneliness increase our risk of an early death by 14%. Furthermore, young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.
Start With Hello teaches students the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization.
September 24-28, 2018
Monday-We are Family!
Advisories will receive GREEN paper. Students are to trace one hand and cut out. Students write their name on the palm of the hand and one positive thing about themselves. Completed hands need to be sent to Mrs. Stroud in A-11 or put in her box. Hands will be displayed in front entry. A Powerpoint Presentation will be sent as well to review and discuss with your students.
Tuesday-Embrace Your Inner Weirdness
Human Safari handouts will be placed in advisory teachers boxes. Students are to find other students who can answer the questions and have them sign their name next to question. You may get with other advisories near you to complete. Students may place completed forms in the box located in the front office by 4:30. Drawing will be held for prizes on Monday.
Wednesday-Dreams Really Do Come True
Kindness Bingo handouts will be placed in advisory teacher’s boxes. Students are to complete the kindness activities and create a blackout on their Bingo sheet during advisory and the rest of the day. Students may place completed forms in the box located in the front office by 4:30. Drawing will be held for prizes on Monday.
Thursday-Start With Hello
Post Its will be placed in advisory teacher’s boxes. Students may write positive notes, quotes, etc and place on bulletin boards located throughout campus, lockers, walls, etc. We want to fill Wester with POSITIVE POST ITS!
Student Dress Up Opportunities for Hello Week
WE ARE FAMILY
EMBRACE YOUR WEIRDNESS
DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE
College Caps/Hats Permitted
START WITH HELLO