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Aledo ISD Launching Start With Hello Program Sept. 23

start with hello logo Aledo ISD campuses will be taking part in Start With Hello Week, beginning Sept. 23.

Start With Hello teaches students the skills they need to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their classroom, school or youth organization. Last year, over 12,000 schools from across the United States participated in Start With Hello Call To Action week to highlight and spread the message of the power of Start With Hello’s three simple steps:

1. See Someone Alone
2. Reach Out and Help
3. Start With Hello

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. According to a 2018 survey of 20,000 adults, nearly 50% of Americans reported sometimes or always feeling alone while feelings of loneliness are the worst for younger generations Loneliness Study. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior.

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.
The positive news is that there are cures for disconnection and loneliness if we reach out and help one another.

We encourage you to talk to your child about the Start With Hello program and ask them to share what they have learned. Not only will that help you learn how to support your child to identify isolation, reach out and connect, and Start With Hello, it also demonstrates to your child that you take this subject seriously and can support them in their actions to create a more connected and inclusive home, classroom, school and community.

ABOUT SANDY HOOK PROMISE
Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. Our sole purpose is to prevent gun violence so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific, and preventable loss of their child.

Sandy Hook Promise prevents gun violence by teaching adults and youth how to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others, and how to intervene to get them help. We train youth and adults, at no cost, in four evidence-based “Know the Signs” programs. For more information on Sandy Hook Promise, please visit: sandyhookpromise.org.