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Sandy Hook Promise has helped many schools, and make kids feel safe.

Sandy Hook Promise has helped many schools, and make kids feel safe.

Sandy Hook Promise has helped many schools, and make kids feel safe.

Sandy Hook Promise has helped many schools, and make kids feel safe.

Vivica Ramirez, Author

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Everyone knows that saying “Hello” or “Hi” to someone can change their lives, yet, not many people are willing to reach out. Not many people are willing to get involved. The Sandy Hook Promise is trying to change that. They are a national, non-profit organization, that is led by several family members of the tragical mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, which took the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP’s whole job is to make sure students feel safe at school and to bring awareness to others. September 23-27 is “Start With a Hello Week,” which is trying to prevent social isolation, an overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible.

Students here at DRA should have a say in this event. When asked, “Why do you think saying Hi or Hello to someone is important,” one seventh-grade WEB student, Audrina, responds, “It can make their day way better, and make them feel welcome.” Another seventh-grade student, Rhianna, says, “It makes them feel welcome or not as lonely.”

So next time you see someone, stranger or not, give them a friendly smile and hello. Who knows? Maybe it will change their life. Maybe it will change yours.