Recently Sandy Hook Promise, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, provided Southern Columbia students in grades 6-12 a training session in which they were taught the skills needsd to create a cultrure of inclusion in their school and community. During assemblies presented by Andre Elliot, Sandy Hook Promise’s National Training Manager, the students were empowered to end social isolation by following "three easy steps:" 1. See Someone Alone: how to recognize the signs of loneliness and social isolation; 2. Reach Out and Help: what students can do to help others feel included; 3. Start With Hello: how to break the ice and strike up a  conversation.
(Left) Southern Columbia High School students pose with presenter Andre Elliot after a Start with Hello training session. (Below) The students listen attentively to Mr. Elliot as he delivers a powerful and insightful lesson.

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Southern Columbia is engaged in a yearlong initiative to Soar into Space in hopes of being chosen as a downlink site for a live feed emanating from the International Space Station. If chosen, students and staff will be afforeded the unique opportunity to speak with the astronauts currently on the space station sometime in spring 2020. To help the District's application stand out among the rest, Literacy Specialist Lindy Novak and Library Manager Amanda Noblit, have created a set activities and events.Learn More

The Take 5 to Save Lives program outlines 5 things that we can all do to work together to prevent suicide.The campaign encourages everyone to take five minutes out of their day to complete five prevention-focused action steps: 1. Learn the Signs: Take a few minutes to learn the warning signs of suicide. 2. Know How to Help- Know what to say and do if someone you know is struggling.3. Practice Self-Care- MLearn More