Aurora High School is participating in Start with Hello Week
Aurora High School in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is taking part in Start With Hello Week, September 23-27, 2019.
Start with Hello teaches students, grades 2-12, 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.
Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you
are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools.
Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. In
fact, one study reports that chronic loneliness increases our risk of an early death by
14%. Furthermore, young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying,
violence and/or depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle
with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.
Start With Hello Week raises awareness and educates students and the community
through Start With Hello trainings, advertising, activities, public proclamations, media
events, student contests and school awards. Start With Hello Week brings attention to
the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities and empowers
young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or
Support Aurora High School as they join hundreds of other schools from across the United States in participating in Start With Hello Week, September 23-27, 2019.