About Scarlett Lewis
Scarlett Lewis founded the nonprofit Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December 2012. After his death, Scarlett became part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society—and that also caused the tragedy. She created the Movement and became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) and character development that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships. Speaking across the US and internationally to diverse audiences, Scarlett urges everyone to become part of the solution.
Scarlett created the Choose Love for Schools Program, a no-cost, comprehensive, lifespan, next generation SEL and character development program that teaches children and adults how to thoughtfully respond with love in any situation, handle adversity, and have courageous conversations by using the Choose Love Formula of: Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion-in-Action = Choosing Love. Choose Love has been extended into homes, communities, athletics, and the workplace. The programs have been accessed in all 50 states and 100 countries, reaching more than 1.9 million children. Learn more at ChooseLoveMovement.org and join the Movement to help make the world a more loving, and peaceful place.
About Jesse Lewis
About Jesse Lewis
Jesse McCord Lewis was an amazing child, full of light and love that was unmistakable in his presence. He brought joy to the world with his infectious and radiant smile. He was smart and compassionate beyond his years.
Jesse died bravely on December 14th, 2012, trying to lead other children to safety during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He ran into the hallway to help when he heard the shots. He shouted out to his classmates to run and was able to save 9 lives before losing his own. He was six years old.
He left behind a message of “Nurturing Healing Love” on his family’s kitchen chalkboard. The message is phonetically spelled because Jesse was in first grade and just learning how to write. The profound message serves as comfort for his family and inspiration for the world to be better and love harder. He also left behind a sweet note to his older brother, reminding us all to “Have a lot of fun!”