In every school and community, there are young people who suffer silently because they feel left out, alone, or invisible. Social isolation is a growing epidemic in our schools and across the United States. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence, and/or depression. Many then pull further away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and/or choose to hurt themselves or others as a result.
This is why we are bringing Sandy Hook Promise's Start with Hello program to Felix J. Appleby Elementary School for TK-8th grades.
Start with Hello is an age-appropriate training that raises awareness and educates students about social isolation and how to create a connected and inclusive classroom, school, and community.
We encourage you to use the Start with Hello introduction presentation and to talk with your students about the importance of being "upstanders" and looking out for one another. Please look for a calendar of schoolwide events and activities that will take place during the program's "Kick-Off Week" (September 21 through September 25)