Chagrin Falls Middle School eighth-grader Keira Moran adds a positive sticky-note to a student’s locker during an activity to spread positivity as part of “Start With Hello Week.”

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Students start with hello 

The week of Sept. 22, Chagrin Falls schools celebrated Start With Hello Week. Start With Hello Week is a program started by the organization Sandy Hook Promise. It is a week dedicated to “encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities,” according to the organization.

There were multiple ways for students to participate. At Chagrin Falls Middle School, students in grades seven and eight put green sticky notes on lockers saying positive things like, “You’re awesome” or “You matter.” On Wednesday, students were encouraged to wear green to school. Green represents the Sandy Hook school colors and solutions to gun violence.

At Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, students in grades four through six had the opportunity to do several activities, including inviting someone who looked lonely to sit or play with them, stand up for someone or start a conversation with someone who is different from them and find things in common. Both schools had students do a human scavenger hunt, finding things like someone who had the same birth month as them or someone who recently went on vacation.

“The week focused on ways to reach out to other people who might be isolated and encouraged people how to do that, why it’s important and how everybody can make a difference,” said Counselor Kyle Patterson of Chagrin Falls Middle School. “It’s so important for students to watch out for one another.”

Submitted by Abraham Thurman

Chagrin Falls Middle School

Seventh grade

Students to perform at Severance Hall

Five Chagrin Falls High School musicians are members of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, which includes freshman Max Klug and sophomore Sam Clark on trumpet, junior Sara Hartle on French horn, junior Darya Rebeta on flute and senior Tom Swift on euphonium. They meet every Saturday for three hours and are coached by members of the Cleveland Orchestra. They also study privately and were selected from more than 150 applicants. They will perform Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at Severance Hall.

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