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“I think the campaign is simple," Larsen said. "If you see someone alone, reach out and help, and start with “Hello.”

February 2, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook

"Start with Hello" is a campaign originally started as the Sandy Hook Promise by parents of the children who were killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

The campaign fights social isolation and encourages building friendships by starting with "Hello."

"Start With Hello" Week runs from Feb. 6, through Feb. 10.
Since its beginning, the campaign has grown exponentially and is now found throughout the entire country.

"Any school district can do the "Start with Hello" campaign," said Rick Croft, clinical director for Madison Cares in the Madison County School District. "It's open to anyone who would want to do it."

Croft said schools and local business are all involved in the campaign.

Tasha Larsen said they would like to encourage BYU-Idaho students to help welcome elementary, middle and high school students to school during the week.

"You can never share too much kindness," Larsen said. "I think the campaign is simple. If you see someone alone, reach out and help, and start with "Hello."

For more information on the campaign, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org, or call Madison Cares at (208) 359-3300 ext. 3446.

Click below to listen to the full interview with Rick Croft and Tasha Larsen.