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Eagle Rock school students learn the power of “Hello” to fight loneliness

EAGLE ROCK – You remember that one kid in school who didn’t seem to have any friends? You didn’t know why he was alone, and – more to the point – you didn’t think about it.  Those kids are the target of “Start With Hello,” a national program in which students at Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School took part in earlier this month, according to LAUSD Daily.

The program, which involves fourteen other L.A. Unified schools,  provides training in such things as preventing bullying and reaching out to classmates who don’t seem to know anybody.

“Social isolation, marginalization and rejection – these are growing epidemics within schools across the country, and no one wants to feel alone,” said Nicole Hockley, one of the founders of Sandy Hook Promise, the nonprofit group that sponsors the program.

Suggested activities in the program include role-playing games, random-acts-of-kindness days and No One Eats Alone Day.

LAUSD Daily said the district will be monitoring activities at the schools over the next three years to see how effective the Start With Hello program is.

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