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Get Your Free Launch Kit for the 2020 National No One Eats Alone Day

No One Eats AloneĀ® Day is student-led celebration that teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. This year, No One Eats Alone day falls on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

There’s still time to sign up and request the free materials to launch your very own No One Eats Alone Day at your school. Visit the website to request yours. Backpacks containing teacher guides, wristbands, stickers, posters, balloons and supplies for a community art project are still available! You can still request online-only materials, as well.

No One Eats Alone works to prevent bullying before it starts by teaching students to lead the movement to change the culture of middle school. Dozens of teens in 4 communities including Marin County, Oakland, and San Mateo, California and Portland, Oregon lead the initiative.

The group’s curriculum is aligned with CASEL SEL competencies and Common Core ELA standards.

In 2019, over 2,500 schools across the United States celebrated National No One Eats Alone Day.

Partners supporting No One Eats Alone include

  • California School Employees Association
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Sandy Hook Promise
  • SEL4CA
  • The Representation Project

February is Choose Love Month!

In February, go beyond Valentine’s Day by learning to choose courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion. This month is the 6th annual Choose Love Awareness Month from the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Movement.

The Choose Love Awareness Month brings attention to the importance of teaching children core competencies and skills beyond academics that can help them thrive physically, mentally and emotionally.

Each week in February will focus on one of the four themes– courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion. Tips on how to incorporate each theme into daily life will be posted on the Choose Love social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

These skills are not just for students either! There are free online programs for families and communities as well.

Enter the free photo contest to win free Choose Love Movement materials. Submit a picture of your students, family or group practicing one of the four themes. Winning photos will be featured on the organization’s social media. Deadline is February 29.

The Choose Love Movementā„¢ sparks an emotional connection that opens the hearts and minds of students as well as educators and other school staff, to fuel connection and stoke personal growth. Scarlett Lewis founded the organization shortly after her six-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, alongside 19 of his first-grade classmates and six educators in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

Visit the website for more information.