No One Eats Alone Day brings students together

e-Connections Post Hollywood Park O.W. Erlewine

Students across SCUSD embraced No One Eats Alone Day last Friday as an opportunity to show how much they care about their peers.

At Hollywood Park Elementary School, intermediate grade students in the Leadership Class made posters about inclusion and tolerance and led class discussions on those subjects. They also decorated the multi-purpose room with balloon bouquets.

“Students ate lunch that day with students from other classrooms and grade levels to encourage getting to know others,” said Principal Tenley Luke. “During lunch, Leadership students spoke to the school about reaching out to others and respecting and accepting peers. Afterward, they gave away 50 books. What a celebratory day!”

At O.W. Erlewine Elementary School, the student Leadership Team helped in the cafeteria by initiating conversations with students and forming games on the playground, said Principal Terry Smith.

“No One Eats Alone teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. Our students enjoyed being a part of the program.”

Many other schools also participated. 

No One Eats Alone Day is a program of Beyond Differences, founded by the parents of Lili Smith who was born with a cranial facial syndrome and was socially isolated during her middle school years. After Lili died at the age of 15 due to medical complications from her syndrome, a group of teens from the local community banded together to bring positive changes to their local schools.