Hadley-Luzerne Elementary will Implement Choose Love

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Sandy Hook parent says social and emotional learning is key to safer schools

Schools can take as many security measures as they want, but the best way to keep a school safe is to take proactive and preventive measures through social and emotional learning, according to Scarlett Lewis, the mother of a child slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

Lewis laid out her Choose Love Movement program to Hadley-Luzerne Elementary School faculty Wednesday morning and said school districts and others have been taking measures to treat symptoms, but the cause of violence in schools and elsewhere lies deeper.

“External measures are important; however, none of them address the cause of why a child would want to harm themselves or someone else,” Lewis said. “What does (work) is social and emotional learning and teaching kids how to manage their emotions, how to be resilient and how to make responsible decisions.”

Read the full story by Samuel Northrop (The Post-Star) HERE.

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