HBCSD Receives Sandy Hook Promise Award
On Friday, February 15th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will visit Hermosa Valley School during the 8:30am and 9:15am Flag Ceremonies to present students with the Start with Hello First Prize Award for Community Reach and Sustainability for a School District. The students of Hermosa Beach City School District are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to creatively integrate and implement the core values of SHP’s Start with Hello not only across their school district, but in their community.
Start with Hello is a proven and easy to implement program that empowers students to create an inclusive and connected community by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized or rejected, to let them know that they are seen and valued. HBCSD held a Start with Hello Week in September of 2018.
Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the U.S. and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and may choose to hurt themselves or others. SHP created the Start with Hello program as part of its mission to prevent violence before it takes place. Since its inception, SHP has educated over 5.5 million youths and adults in all 50 states with its Know the Signs Programs on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates.Those trained are now able to spread SHP’s vital messages and help prevent violence BEFORE it happens.
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. They are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators.
SHP is focused on preventing gun violence by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. The intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning their tragedy into a moment of transformation.