Students and faculty in all Chartiers Valley schools celebrated The Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello Week recently. The Sandy Hook Promise is building a national movement of parents, schools and community organizations engaged and empowered to deliver violence prevention programs. The organization has examined school violence and found that the root is often social isolation.
During Start With Hello Week, C.V. students engaged in conversation and activities with the purpose of raising awareness around the issue of social isolation and building strategies for reaching out and being kind to those who may feel lonely or bullied.
Students placed uplifting notes on lockers, created artwork and a peace pole and sported green clothing for Wear Green Day. Each day, Middle School Principal Mrs. Floro counted the number of "hellos" she received in response to her morning greetings. On Monday, only 158 students said hello; by the end of the week, they exceeded the goal of 500 with 514 hellos.
High School Assistant Principal Mr. Murray encouraged students to record why they start with hello on Padlet.com, and the responses are quite moving. Mr. Murray's video message can be seen on Flipgrid.com.