Start With Hello Award

Apply for an Award

Schools and community-based organizations participating in Start With Hello Week are eligible to apply for the Start With Hello Awards. These awards honor outstanding student leadership and empathy-building activities that carry forward the spirit of Start with Hello Week throughout the school year. The Start With Hello Week 2021 Planning Guide contains tips and best practices that will help you plan and launch activities to highlight in your video or slideshow.

It’s easy to apply! Submit a 2–3 minute video or slideshow highlighting your school or community-based organization’s successful Start With Hello 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

  • Students, teachers and educators nominate their schools, organizations, or districts serving grades K – 12.
  • Nominations are open from 9/27 – 10/22/2021.
  • The top ten winners will be announced on 11/19/2021.
  • Prizes for schools and community-based organizations include a $250 stipend and national recognition via Sandy Hook Promise’s website and social media.
  • The District Grand prize includes a $500 stipend and national recognition via our website and social media.
  • All winners will have their award-winning video or slide show screened at the National SAVE Youth Summit on 4/23/2022.

If your school is already registered for Start With Hello Week, complete the application. If you’re not already registered, sign up now!

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].

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