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Start with Hello Week at Homestead!

Start with a Hello!

At every school and in every community there are children who feel like they have no friends and suffer quietly through the day – especially at lunchtime and in moments when children gather together like recess or free time. Young people who are isolated can become a victim of bullying, violence and/or depression. That's why Homestead Elementary School participated in "Start with Hello!" (SWH) week, a national movement designed to teach and practice skills that create a culture of inclusion and connectedness.  We will be reinforcing this message throughout the entire year and we hope you'll join us by talking about the program with your children, friends and neighbors. Information about the national initiative, sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise, a youth violence prevention program, is available at their website, A copy of the parent brochure is attached here.

Some of the highlights of the week included wearing name tags to encourage all to greet each other by name, wearing green, participating in purposeful acts of kindness, mixing it up with icebreaker activities, and signing the SWH promise poster! Check out how many acts of kindness Homestead did throughout the week - each pom pom collected represents one kind act! 

Start with Hello Homestead Students

We are Kind Homestead Students

Wear a Name Badge Homestead Students