Students, staff, and counselors at Ashley High School have pledged to participate in “Start With Hello” Week, which is observed September 23-27, 2019. This week, thousands of schools and youth organizations across the country will observe Start With Hello Week, sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise. This program is designed to create a culture of inclusion that values each individual in the school by taking small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and to identify and help lonely students who are showing signs of social isolation.
Other schools planning activities for Start With Hello Week include:
Blair Elementary School
College Park Elementary School
Parsley Elementary School
Williams Elementary School
Holly Shelter Middle School
Murray Middle School
Myrtle Grove Middle School
Noble Middle School
Trask Middle School
Laney High School.
* Contact the schools for additional details.
“Studies show our students feel lonelier than the generation before them. Encouraging them to put down their phones and talk to each other is a way we can make students feel more connected,” stated Kristin Jackson, Director of Student Support Services for New Hanover County Schools.
Activities planned during the week include:
Door Greeters in the morning from 8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. each day (Monday-Friday). Student volunteers will greet students at the entry doors to say “hello” and “have a nice day.”
Pledge to Be Kind Poster and Picture Activity During Lunches- There will be a giant sign with letters K, N, D. Students can pledge to be kind to one another by standing in place of the “I” and have their picture taken. Pictures will be posted around the sign.
Monday: The school will host a “Don’t Eat Alone” table during lunches. Volunteers will be at the table on Monday to create an opportunity for lonely students or students new to the school to have a familiar place to go.
Tuesday: The school will have conversation starters placed on the lunch tables to help students talk to classmates they have not talked to before.
Wednesday: Students and staff are encouraged to wear green, the color of the Start With Hello campaign. The school’s Student Services department has ordered Start With Hello t-shirts.
Thursday: There will be a table in the cafeteria for students to create inspirational messages on post-its to place on the bulletin board in the hallway. Students may take messages off the board for themselves or to share with others.
Friday: Students and staff will wear school spirit gear to encourage fellow Eagles to Soar with Kindness.
For more information about Sandy Hook Promise, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org, or contact Ashley’s Social Worker, Amy Hand.
Deputy Benson, Ashley’s School Resource Officer, Pledges to Be Kind.