“Start with Hello” week Feb. 5-9 hopes to reduce isolation among kids

Families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook hope to end the loneliness and isolation that lead to such acts.

Young people in the U.S. are increasingly feeling isolated, from their families, friends, schools, society, and perhaps themselves. The worst result could be that they harm themselves or others.

The issue will be in sharp focus in Rhode Island and across the country between February 5-9 during “Start with Hello Week”. The nonprofit¬†Sandy Hook Promise¬†is encouraging schools and youth organizations from across the country to design and take part in activities that week that aim to build connectedness and combat social isolation. Visit the Sandy Hook Promise website to sign the promise and look at year-round programs.

Learning First Alliance/Rhode Island is promoting Start with Hello Week in the state. Visit LFA/RI’s website for what it’s doing; go to its Facebook page for a new one-minute video and quick updates.

Sandy Hook Promise seeing success

Sandy Hook Promise was founded and is in some part led by family members who lost loved ones at the tragedy five years ago.

Since then, more than 2.5 million educators and other professional have trained under Sandy Hook Promise programs and practices. Nearly 1.7 million have made the Sandy Hook Promise: “I promise to do all I can to protect children from gun violence by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities.”

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