During the week of September 23rd through 27th, students and staff at B-L High School joined forces with thousands of schools across the nation for Start With Hello Week. This free program, which is an initiative of the Sandy Hook Promise organization, provides an easy way for schools to create a culture of inclusion and identify and help lonely students who may be showing signs of social isolation. According to the Start With Hello Week website, “social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. Young people who feel this way may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, or choose to hurt themselves or others.”
As part of the activities at B-L High School, members of the Student Council and Beta Club greeted students as they entered the building with verbal hellos and colorful signs. The Counseling Office also had a table set up in the school cafeteria with resources for students and ideas for students to carry out random acts of kindness. In addition, students came together to take pictures in a photo-booth that was created by the BLHS Art Department and showed unity as a student body by wearing green, which is the campaign’s color theme, on Thursday, September 26th and purple and gold on Friday, September 27th.
The Sandy Hook Promise organization was founded in the aftermath of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012. The organization’s mission is to protect children from gun violence.