On February 10th, Southern Columbia Area's Middle School students in grades 5 to 7 will be participating in No One Eats Alone, a lunchtime school event that seeks to "reverse the trends of social isolation" by asking students to engage in a simple act of kindness at lunch – making sure that no one is eating alone and students are making an effort to eat with new classmates and peers.  A goal of the event is to facilitate the continued development of a school culture where all students feel included, valued, and accepted by their peers.
 
No One East Alone is a national event being organized by Beyond Differences (beyonddifferences.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to ending social isolation in middle schools. According to the group, social isolation is a problem in every school and it has a direct relationship to incidents of bullying and violence. By reducing social isolation, the group and participating schools, believe much bullying and violence can be reduced. For more information about this event please visit http://www.nooneeatsalone.org/

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