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Start with Hello

Start With Hello is a research-based program of Sandy Hook Promise to help protect children from gun violence in our homes, schools and communities.

In its fifth year, the Northfield Elementary School (NES) the Start With Hello (SWH) program is focused on the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities, and empowering kids to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within our school.

NES Start With Hello efforts include monthly lunches and activities, SWH ambassadors, SWH Week celebration, Buddy Bench Ambassadors, and opportunities to engage NES students, teachers and parents in activities designed to encourage children to feel more included, and empathetic and compassionate.

The NES Start with Hello Committee, made up of parents and school-based staff, plans various activities throughout the year to promote the vision and mission of Sandy Hook Promise. Please know that at no time are the events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary discussed with students. 

To volunteer or learn more, please contact startwithhello@northfieldpta.org.

Start with Hello Lunches

Start with Hello lunches are designed to emphasize the role individuals can take to prevent social isolation in schools and communities. The lunches are scheduled once a month, from September through May, with a special week of activities in November for Start with Hello Week!

Click here to help out at a SWH lunch.

Northfield Elementary School
9125 Northfield Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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