Start with Hello Week Letter to the Editor

Tips for Submitting a Publishable Letter to the Editor

Use this sample Letter to the Editor to promote Start With Hello Week in your community. Consider large media outlets and publications in your area, but don’t forget about community papers and smaller online news sites as you will have a greater chance of getting your Letter to the Editor published and reaching your local schools, business and community members. Before sending, please review the news site’s Letter to the Editor requirements as many outlets restrict the length of Letters to the Editor to 250 words or less. Finally, if your Letter to the Editor gets published, please share it with us at programs@sandyhookpromise.org.


Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development or choose to hurt themselves or others.

We can change this!

Start With Hello Week is this February 5 - 9. Start With Hello Week brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school, youth organization and community. Start With Hello Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through Start With Hello trainings, advertising, activities, public proclamations, media events, student contests, and school awards. Participation in Start With Hello Week is free.

Start With Hello Week is organized by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook Promise is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. They are 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.

To bring Start With Hello to your school or youth organization, please visit: www.sandyhookpromise.org/swhw.