A program, which Danbury officials hope to bring to the entire state, will help kids make connections with each other in school. This fall at Danbury High School, the new initiative will be launched to improve school culture and reduce bullying incidents. Superintendent of Schools Dr Sal Pascarella says the goal is to make DHS more welcoming to all students.
“No One Eats Alone” is a nationwide effort that encourages students to include those who are shy or isolated. Students are encouraged to reach out and make new friends and ask others to join them in eating lunch. The companion component of the initiative is “Say Something,” which takes it a step further by encouraging students to take a stand against social media bullying and isolating students.
The program grew out of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and has no cost.
Pascarella serves as President of the Connecticut Association of School Superintendents and is encouraging all municipalities to implement this to improve school climates. Through these programs, Pascarella hopes to create a more nurturing, compassionate environment where students can thrive.