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Start With Hello Celebrates Inclusion

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The high school recently devoted a week to exploring the Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello Week, an age-appropriate program geared toward students of all ages that stresses the importance of positivity with various themes and events, each day focusing on inclusivity and anti-bullying.

The week at the high school began on Sept. 20, with a visit from Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department representatives, who discussed the “See Something, Say Something” program with students during physical education classes. The representatives spoke about the importance of being vigilant and reaching out to fellow classmates, and raised awareness about social isolation.

Throughout the week, over 75 students assisted in hanging up positive banners, posters and sticky notes on lockers around the building, and the National Art Honor Society created an Instagram picture board for students to take selfies with during lunch periods.

“This past year and a half, students all over have lived through so much,” Assistant Principal Jean Marie D’Aversa said. “The Start With Hello program teaches them how our strength lies in celebrating each one of our differences, not our similarities. If we can begin this year fostering a mindset of inclusion and acceptance, then we can start on a path where we grow together as a building and we come back stronger than ever.”

Sunday, November 28, 2021