Start With Hello Week

September 23-27, 2019

Learning First Alliance / Rhode Island (LFA/RI) presents

“Sandy Hook Promise / Start with Hello Project”

2019 School Year

LFA/RI and its membership organizations are working with Sandy Hook Promise to spread the Start with Hello program statewide in Rhode Island during the 2019 school year. Start With Hello (SWH) teaches children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. SWH asks students, educators, parents and other community leaders who interact with children to take steps in class, the lunchroom and/or on the bus to be inclusive and connected.

SEE someone alone - REACH OUT and help - START WITH HELLO

SWH is delivered in-house by Sandy Hook Promise trainers or can be digitally downloaded. The training and digital toolkit and resource guide provide step-by-step guidance for students, teachers and community leaders to deliver events, activities and actions that instill the SWH concept and overarching message of inclusion and community. To learn more about Start with Hello, visit the Start With Hello website at

LFA/RI with assistance from Checkmate LLC will be using a social media campaign to publicize the project, get community involvement, allow participants to share ideas by posting on social media, and to assist in evaluating the project. We have created a 60-second “Start With Hello” video that will be used to help publicize the project.

Hear from the teachers and administrators who participated in Start With Hello week, and learn about its impact on students and the school community.

Please join us in participating in this activity as a way to show how important it is to be inclusive in our schools and society. If you have questions about bringing this program to your community, please contact Ray Pouliot at