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"Start With Hello" Week September 24-28, 2018


                                        Learning First Alliance / Rhode Island (LFA/RI) presents

“Sandy Hook Promise / Start with Hello Project”

2018 School Year

 LFA/RI (http://www.lfari.org) and its membership organizations are working with Sandy Hook Promise (www.sandyhookpromise.org) to spread the “Start with Hello” program statewide in Rhode Island during the 2018 school year. Start With Hello (SWH) teaches children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. SWH asks students, educators, parents and other community leaders who interact with children to take steps in class, the lunchroom and/or on the bus to be inclusive and connected. Simply,

- SEE someone alone    - REACH OUT and help    - START WITH HELLO

SWH is delivered in-house by SHP trainers or can be digitally downloaded. Training and digital toolkit and resource guide provide step-by-step guidance for students, teachers and community leaders to deliver events, activities and actions that instill the SWH concept and overarching message of inclusion and community. To learn more about Start with Hello, one can visit the Start With Hello website: (http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/bringstartwithhello).

 LFA/RI with assistance from Checkmate LLC will be using a social media campaign to publicize the project, get community involvement, allow participants to share ideas by posting on social media, and to assist in evaluating the project. We have created a 60 second video “Start With Hello” video that will be used to help publicize the project.  

Click here to see our  - Start With Hello video 

 More details will be available at www.lfari.org after August 2018 and on the Sandy Hook Promise site mentioned above. If anyone has any questions, please contact Ray Pouliot at rpouliot@lfari.org.

 In August 2018 LFA/RI will launch its social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram. Along with this effort, we are including the video that we created to emphasize the importance of “Start With Hello”. We will be using the hashtag# RIStartWithHello to allow the posting of information and pictures for those educators and students who will be participating in Start With Hello or need to see what others are either doing or planning to do during the "Start With Hello week. The next Start With Hello week will be September 24 - 28, 2018.

 Please join with others and us in participating in this activity as a way to show how important it is to be inclusive in our schools and society.