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Longwood Elementary Students “Start with Hello”

Start with HelloLongwood Elementary School students joined hundreds of schools and youth organizations across the United States during the week of February 6 – 10 to participate in Start with Hello.The program was created by Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012.
Throughout all four elementary school buildings, meaningful activities were held to increase awareness of the growing epidemic of social isolation in schools and communities, as well as to empower students to create a culture of connectedness within their schoolwalls and beyond.
Students took the pledge to reach out to others so that no one felt alone, wore name tags, sang the Hello song, participated in random acts of kindness, and greeted one another in the hallway, in the classroom, and in the lunchroom.
Staff and students wore the color green as a sign of solidarity and promise to create an inclusive community. To start new conversations and to encourage students to learn about one another, students wore an article of clothing that represented something of importance to them.
The week-long event promoted acceptance, respect, and compassion as part of the Sandy Hook promise.

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