Peasley Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Grand Prize Award from Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise

Peasley Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Grand Prize Award from
Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise
WHEN: Tuesday, September 11, 2018| Time: 9:15 AM
WHERE: Peasley Middle School – 2885 Hickory Fork Rd, Gloucester, VA 23061
WHO: Peasley Middle School Students
VISUALS: Sandy Hook Promise presenting the students of Peasley Middle School with award
WHAT: On Tuesday, September 11th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will visit Peasley Middle School to present students with the 2018 Start With Hello Grand Prize award. The students of Peasley Middle School are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to integrate and implement the core values of SHP’s Start With Helloprogram among its student body. 
“I want to give my heartfelt congratulations to Peasley Middle School in Gloucester for being named runner up for Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With HelloAward in the Individual School Grand Prize category! As one of 1,300 schools participating in this competition, it is a monumental achievement to be recognized for their extraordinary dedication to combating social isolation by building inclusive, connected school communities. It is an honor to have Peasley Middle School in the First Congressional District, and I am extremely proud of our young students,” said Congressman Rob Wittman.
Start With Hello is a results-proven and easy to implement program that empowers students to create an inclusive and connected community.  This is done by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized or rejected and let them know that they are seen and valued. The program is available to schools at no-cost.
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.  Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and may choose to hurt themselves or others. SHP created the Start With Hello program as part of its mission to prevent gun violence – and other forms of violence – before it takes place.
Peasley Middle School was one of over 1,300 schools and youth organizations that participated in SHP’s 3rd Annual Start With Hello Week that took place from February 5 – 9, 2018.
Media is invited to attend the presentation. School administrators and students will be available for interviews. Please email Stephanie Morris for interview requests.
Since its inception, SHP has educated over 3.5 million youths and adults in all 50 states with its Know The Signs Programs on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. Those trained are now able to spread SHP’s vital messages and help prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit or call 203-304-9780.
For media requests, please contact: Stephanie Morris at or 646-650-5005