WHEN:  Friday, September 14, 2018
TIME:  Two award ceremonies at 10:55 AM and 11:30 AM
WHERE:  Tuscola High School – 564 Tuscola School Road, Waynesville, NC 28786
WHO:  Tuscola High School Students, Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will visit Tuscola High School to present students with the winning 2018 Start With Hello Student Spirit, Creativity, and Sustainability award. The Tuscola SAVE Promise Club is being recognized for its outstanding efforts to creatively integrate and implement the core values of SHP’s Start With Hello program among its student body.

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. The program is available to schools at no cost.

Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States 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.  Tuscola High School was one of over 1,300 schools and youth organizations that participated in SHP’s 3rd Annual Start With Hello Week that took place from February 5-9, 2018.

Since its inception, SHP has educated over 3.5 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. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  The incident claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators.  SHP is focused on preventing violence and victimization before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals.  SHP supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent violence.

Contact:         Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent