Middle School Students Participate in Sandy Hook Promise's "Start With Hello" Week
Students at Shaker Heights Middle School participated in Sandy Hook Promise's "Start With Hello Week" alongside thousands of schools and youth organizations across the nation. The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes and communities. They aim to teach young people and adults to recognize, intervene and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others.
Led by counselors Kelly Bailey, Chamaine Keith and Seth Ungemach, this effort worked to build students' empathy through recognizing social isolation and loneliness and addressed it by teaching students to "Start With Hello." Students designed welcome posters through their Art classes, created and delivered instructions on how to say "hello" in the world language classes & over the morning announcements and shared positive comments and compliments through a take one/share one program.
Each day of the week started with a morning announcement from Mr. Ungemach, and included activities during both advisory periods and during lunch. The week culminated in students taking the Start With Hello Pledge, promising to lead with empathy, reach out to others and start with a friendly hello.