A Newtown woman helped to unveil student murals yesterday celebrating Connecticut Social and Emotional Learning Week. Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse was killed on 12-14, was joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal for the event. The weeklong awareness celebration recognized the importance of helping children learn how to manage emotions and maintain healthy relationships and interpersonal interactions.
The murals at the Quinnipiac University North Haven campus were created by students from Waterbury, Greenwich, New Haven, Norwalk, Darien and Fairfield.
Following the loss of her 6-year old son, Lewis founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to bring attention to the importance of teaching children the non-academic skills they need to thrive physically, mentally and emotionally.
Existing professional development funding was approved by the US Senate to be used to train teachers in concepts related to social and emotional learning.