Whether your school is in session, you are working with students remotely, or a combination of the two, engage your students in Start With Hello Week to celebrate the amazing work of educators, students, and community members in building socially inclusive learning environments for all students. Here are some sample activities to inspire children and youth to Start With Hello.
Sandy Hook Promise’s national Start With Hello Week is held every September. We also encourage schools to develop their own Start With Hello Week anytime during the year that works best with their schedule.
This program teaches students in grades K – 12 to help their peers in a fun and meaningful way. They take small but powerful actions to promote inclusion and to support students who are showing signs of loneliness or social isolation.
Loneliness is the overwhelming feeling of being left out and social isolation is not having frequent interactions with friends. Young people who feel this way may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, or choose to hurt themselves or others. Due to COVID-19, all students can empathize with the feelings of isolation due to physical and social distancing. Start With Hello is an important social and emotional learning program to reintroduce students to the power of connecting and helping one another.
Schools can choose any week in September to celebrate Start With Hello. We also encourage schools to develop their own Start With Hello Week anytime during the year that works best with their schedule.
Start With Hello Week celebrates the amazing work of educators, students, and community members in building socially inclusive learning environments for all students.
In addition, Start With Hello Week raises awareness about social isolation and educates students on how to prevent it through Start With Hello training, activities, public proclamations, media events, student contests and school awards. Watch the video to see some highlights.
Educational materials, tools and support from Sandy Hook Promise are available to schools, community-based organizations and others at no cost, thanks to the generosity of our donors.
Start With Hello Week Planning Guide: Download this newly updated, no-cost and easy-to-implement planning guide chock full of ideas, activities and templates that your school or youth organization can do in as little as an hour during Start With Hello Week. Once you register, you’ll have immediate access to educational and promotional materials, and get weekly tips and updates on how to plan for success.
Start With Hello Student Voices Contest: Encourage your students to enter their creative submissions in our Start With Hello Student Voices Contest.
Start With Hello School Award: All schools and youth organizations participating in Start With Hello Week are eligible to apply for a Start With Hello Award.
Start With Hello materials are available in Spanish, Haitian Creole (Kreyòl), Portuguese, and Vietnamese. To receive the materials, please sign up to participate in Start With Hello Week.
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