No One Eats Alone Day Is just the Beginning
On Friday, February 15, LeyVa Middle School along with thousands of schools across the nation celebrated No One Eats Alone Day. The event included student-led games and activities to encourage a strong school culture and a feeling of belonging for every student.
Joining the event was DeForest Buckner, Pro-Bowl 49er defensive tackle, and his wife Ashlyn. LeyVa Middle School students first met the Buckners back in December when they treated twenty LeyVa leaders to a shopping spree at the Levi's Store at Valley Fair.
DeForest and Ashlyn connected with LeyVa Middle School through Beyond Differences, a non-profit dedicated to ending social isolation. No One Eats Alone Day was created with a visions to have "every student should feel accepted, included, and valued by their peers." Founder Laura Talmus, who was at Friday's event, developed the middle and high school program after her daughter Lily faced struggles making friends during her middle school years. DeForest Buckner wore cleats honoring Beyond Differences throughout the football season.
The rain didn't let up, but nothing was going to dampen our spirit at Friday's event. The fun began with DeForest Buckner and Laura Talmus speaking to LeyVa students with messages of inspiration and kindness towards one another. DeForest, a Hawaii native was treated with some "Aloha Spirit" by our very own Bulldog hula dancers. Then the games began.
Over twenty student-led activities were available across the campus. Corn hole, Connect 4, musical chairs, origami, charades, giant Jenga and conversation starters were among some of the favorites. Students were given activity cards and were asked to try three activities and meet at least one new person. Throughout the event students added pledges to the tree on the window of the Student Center (see picture above).
The No One Eats Alone Day event was just the beginning for LeyVa. We hope to have more lunchtime activities available for students everyday to continue to build a strong school climate and end social isolation.
A special thank you goes to the over 60 student leaders, as well as the staff support from Mr. Hanano, Mrs. Keller, and Mrs. Frankina.