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Start With Hello Award

Apply for the Start with Hello Week Award

Schools and community-based organizations participating in Start With Hello Week are eligible to apply for the Start With Hello Week Award. This award honors outstanding student leadership and empathy-building activities that carry forward the spirit of Start with Hello Week throughout the school year. 

It’s easy to apply! Submit a 2–3 minute video or slideshow that celebrates your Start With Hello Week activities!

Elementary school students holding Start With Hello Week signs
One of the 2019 Start With Hello Week award winners: Introducing the Kindness Ambassadors from William C Jack Elementary School in Arizona!
Students from Carmel High School in California holding Hello Signs

Award Application Details

  • Who can apply?
    Students, teachers, and educators in schools or organizations serving grades K – 12.
  • When should I apply?
    Nominations are open from 9/23 – 10/21.
  • When will I find out who won?
    Winners will be announced by 11/18/2022.
  • How many winners will there be?
    There will be three winners
  • Prizes
    1st prize: $1,000 stipend
    2nd prize: $750 stipend
    3rd prize: $500 stipend

    All three winners will be featured nationally on Sandy Hook Promise’s website and social media


How to Apply

Simply complete the form and upload your original video or slideshow! 

Applications will be judged by a committee found on this rubric.

Please read the Awards Terms and Conditions before submitting your application.

All questions related to the Start With Hello Award and application must be sent in writing to [email protected].