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Minerva Elementary participated in the Sandy Hook Elementary Promise entitled "Start With Hello" with was designed to combat social isolation.
Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like an invisible person. As a result, many students further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.
Start With Hello teaches students to learn the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization.
Minerva Elementary participated in this program as part of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program (PBIS).
"We believe in creating a learning atmosphere where students feel valued and appreciated every day that they come to our school", said school counselor, Dianne Ferrell. "This Sandy Hook Promise exemplifies these inclusion principles we value at Minerva Elementary."
The weekly events included watching a video and making class posters about social inclusion. Everyone received a name tag with the challenge to call everyone by their first name throughout the day.
Students were challenged with playing with a new friend on the playground and recess aides would provide stickers to those who included others in their play time. Class meetings were also held about social inclusion and the Sandy Hook Promise.