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Wear Green on September 22 to Support "Start with Hello" Campaign

Published: September 20, 2021

September 20 through 24 marks a national week-long campaign called “Start with Hello.”

The Start with Hello campaign was started by the Sandy Hook Promise Organization and is designed to help teach students to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation. There are young people who suffer silently in every school and in every community because they feel left out, alone, or invisible. 

To recognize Start with Hello week, District 300 staff and students will be encouraged to wear green on Wednesday, September 22, to show support for those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012.

Start with Hello week is intended to help students start the back-to-school season and feel seen, accepted, and safe.

Start with Hello week asks students and community members to reach out to individuals using a three step process:

STEP 1 - See Someone Alone: This step helps students understand social isolation, identify and empathize with those who may feel socially isolated, and recognize the importance of connecting with others who feel socially isolated.

STEP 2 - Reach Out And Help: This step asks students to consider strategies for connecting with others.

STEP 3 - Start with Hello: The final step provides methods that students can use to build lasting relationships with others.

District 300 elementary students will participate in activities to reinforce these steps including ice breakers, relationship builders, and team-building activities.