Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students and staff helped to spread kindness and compassion as part of the “Start with Hello” initiative sponsored by the nonprofit organization Sandy Hook Promise. The planned events were organized by FJC counselor Jamie Adamski and JAE counselor Jean Costa.
“Each morning we started with special announcements and set up Google Classrooms filled with books, songs, challenges, discussion ideas, and more,” Mrs. Adamski said.
During the weeklong activity, students and staff also wore green as a symbol of unity and solidarity with the Sandy Hook Promise, wore nametags to encourage conversations between new friends, wrote thank you notes to trusted adults at school, and made a commitment to a conscious act of kindness through their words and actions. The week ended with Moving Forward Friday, when students each signed a pledge to help continue in the organization’s mission to reach out to and include those who maybe be dealing with loneliness and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school.
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