The painful and overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely and invisible is dissipating for many Wantagh Elementary School students due to participation in the school’s Start with Hello Program.
Sponsored by the national Sandy Hook Promise nonprofit organization, students throughout the country from Sept. 23-27 worked to create a culture of inclusiveness and one that values each individual. At Wantagh Elementary School, the students in grades K-5 participated in various activities that assist them in ways to reach out and connect to peers.
Monday was Hey Day, where students and teachers wore name tags and said “hey” or “hello” to someone new. On Tuesday, the school wrote positive messages on the Start with Hello bulletin board for everyone to read. Teachers and students also donned green clothing on Wednesday in support of the program. There was also time dedicated at lunch for students to write “hello” in various languages on Say Hello in a Different Language Day. The week concluded with students giving each other compliments throughout the day on Friday. In addition, students were encouraged to submit a poster sharing their Start with Hello story. The posters will be on display throughout the year to support the building of this inclusive and heart-warming program.
Through a commitment to educational excellence in a secure, supportive environment, the Wantagh Public Schools shall inspire students to develop a strong sense of individual worth and respect for others, to become lifelong learners and independent thinkers, and to fulfill themselves as concerned citizens in a diverse world.