Fort Bend ISD is partnering with Sandy Hook Promise to present Start With Hello, a program that teaches students to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. The program is designed to help reduce social isolation and bullying, while creating a culture of inclusion in schools and communities. Throughout October, Start with Hello program presenters will visit all FBISD middle and high schools to lead students in a free training program. They are coming to FSMS October 22nd.
Through the Start with Hello activities and curricula, students will learn how to:
See Someone Alone – and recognize the signs of loneliness and social isolation
Reach Out and Help – and learn what students can do to help others feel included
Start With Hello – and learn to break the ice and strike up a conversation
The Start with Hello program works to empower students to recognize traits of social isolation among their peers and report warning signs to trusted adults. The program does not seek to cause alarm or provoke ideas that schools are unsafe. (Note: the Sandy Hook Promise “Back-to-School Essentials” public service announcement video is not a component of this program and will not be shown to students.) The program instead teaches students to create a school culture of acceptance and inclusion for everyone. Social isolation is a very real epidemic that can cause individuals to pull away and, in some cases hurt themselves or others. Through proper training, our students can feel connected to each other and develop skills to build healthy relationships that will benefit them for years to come.
The Start with Hello presentation will be held at our school on October 22nd through grade-level assemblies in the afternoon during 5th period (6th grade), 6th period (7th grade), 7th period (8th grade).