Tyler ISD is focusing on creating closer, more connected and inclusive classrooms and schools. To help accomplish this, the District is kicking off the new initiative with “Start with HELLO Week,” September 24-28.
Start with Hello Week is a product of the national Sandy Hook Promise organization, teaching students the skills they need to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness while encouraging them to reach out to and include others.
Starting Monday, campuses and students will celebrate the “H” with saying Hi and giving High 5’s to everyone they see. Tuesday will highlight the “E” by Encouraging classmates with handwritten notes. Wednesday will be “L” day, as students Learn the names of other students they do not already know. Thursday, the “L” is for Looking for people who may need a friend. And Friday celebrates the “O” with Own It, own the responsibility of smiling and being friendly to others.
“The importance of Start with Hello Week is to build connections among young people, create kindness as a culture in our schools with our teachers, students, and community," says Director of Guidance and Counseling Leigh Anne Barber. "We want to show the importance of just being nice.”
Campuses will be sharing their fun experiences on social media using the hashtag #startwithhelloTISD.