Forest Area: Start with hello

Adrianna Clark, an East Forest Elementary School student, stands in front of the new student board decorated with pictures of their new East Forest friends.

MARIENVILLE - Forest Area School District, partnered 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 took part in Start with Hello Week during the week of Sept. 23 to 27.

The program "Start with Hello" teaches students how to reach out to and include those who may be socially isolated as well as to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization.

Start with Hello Week raises awareness and educates students, brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities while empowering them to help change the culture.

At East Forest Elementary and High School, students participated in various activities such as a new student spotlight board, mix it up and no one eats alone lunch, greetings in a different language, and a human scavenger hunt to promote connectedness and inclusion.