Kannapolis City Schools and Kannapolis Middle School will be part of “Start With Hello” Week beginning Monday, September 23rd. Start with Hello is a program that was started by the Sandy Hook Promise organization. It promotes inclusion, anti-bullying, and connectedness among students. During “Start with Hello” Week, students and staff will take small but powerful actions that help identify lonely students and reach out to make them feel included.
Kannapolis Middle School has signed up to take part in “Start with Hello Week. The school’s counselors have worked with teachers to create activities for each day that are designed to promote connectedness and inclusion among students. For example, one of the activities will be creating a “Smile Wall” where students can share notes of kindness that make them smile. Students also will spend one day eating lunch in the cafeteria with people they don’t know, and students will wear green, which is a color associated with life, growth, and harmony.
According to Kannapolis City Schools’ Director of Student Services, Dr. Jessica Grant, creating an atmosphere of inclusion is a vital ingredient for any school’s success. “It’s really important for students to feel welcomed at school and to feel they are part of the school’s family in order for them to be successful,” Grant says. “We know middle school can be a really difficult time for students, and we want to do all we can to help them feel included.”
Kannapolis Middle School will have different “Start with Hello” activities going on each day from September 23 through September 27th.