Start With Hello program engages Sizer School students

Sandy Hook Promise looks to fight social isolation in Fitchburg

Thursday, Jan. 16, a speaker from Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) visited Sizer School to give a presentation to Division 1 & 2 students (grades 7-10) about the "Start With Hello" program focused on raising awareness of and eliminating social isolation.

The Massachusetts Assistant District Attorney's office is supporting all of the Fitchburg Public Schools with programming and resources from SHP. SHP is a national nonprofit organization working to promote school safety, inclusivity, and mental health access for students. 

The program overview focuses on social isolation as an epidemic that can cause students to pull away and even hurt themselves or others. The Start with Hello program is one of Sandy Hook Promise’s free Know the Signs programs and teaches students to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other.

The Start With Hello training program empowers students to end social isolation by teaching them how to recognize the signs of loneliness and social isolationand ways thatstudents can help others feel included. And that starts with Hello.

Start With Hello to break the ice and strike up a conversation.

Start With Hello includes activities and lesson plans that can be used to teach students the skills they need to create a culture of inclusion in their school and community. The "Start With Hello" mission of promoting inclusivity also aligns with the Sizer School Think, Care, Act model. Guided by its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the school seeks to send graduates into the world who THINK for themselves, CARE about others, and ACT creatively and responsibly.

Find out more about Sizer School today, visit or apply now for grades 7, 8 & 9 for the 2020-2021 school year: just visit For more about Sandy Hook Promise, visit