Lincoln Orens Middle School Start with Hello!
Island Park students at Lincoln Orens Middle School celebrated Start With Hello Week on Sept. 19-23. The three components of the Start With Hello program are See Someone Alone, Reach Out and Help, and Start With Hello.
Through this program, the students engaged in skills they need to continue a school culture of inclusion and connectedness. This program teaches students how they can help their peers in fun, simple and meaningful ways.
Some of the small but powerful actions that students took part in throughout the week included writing welcoming chalk messages for all to read and saying “hello” or talking to someone new or who was alone. Students also created a “reach out and help” interactive bulletin board and wore green to show their support of the program. Concluding the week-long events, fifth grade students enjoyed an afternoon of team building activities that promoted communication and focused on collaborating and strategizing together.
Start With Hello is an important social and emotional learning program to reintroduce students to the power of connecting and helping one another. It is run through Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.