The Woodside Community School had our first annual Start with Hello week the week of October 1, 2018. Start With Hello Week serves to raise awareness and generate energy and excitement among young people, the actions of inclusion and kindness. Through acts of kindness we seek to create and sustain effective change and reduce social isolation in classrooms, schools and communities across the country. Our second and third graders participated and followed 3 steps to Start with Hello.
Step 1: See Someone Alone
Step 2: Reach Out
Step 3: Start with Hello
Throughout the week, Student Ambassadors greeted their peers in the morning during arrival to welcome them into school with a friendly hello. Classroom teachers presented Powerpoint presentations explaining the Start with Hello initiatives and conducted discussions with students on how they can actively lend a helping hand to their peers. There was a mix and mingle lunch to encourage students to start conversations with their peers and to make new friendships. They also took pictures with their peers with at our selfie station which was a fun time. Students drew messages of kindness to their peers on the outdoor playspace during recess. At the end of the week, students wrote reflection pieces about what the week was about and their learning takeaways.
We hope to continue this initiative for many years to come! Thank you to all the teachers, staff, and parents who lent a hand in making this a successful event for our students!
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