For a lot of students, lunchtime is a nice break from their class time, a time to sit down and eat their lunch with their friends. But for some - they might find themselves sitting alone at the lunch table. Staff at St. Charles Catholic School wanted to prevent that from happening, and so they celebrated No One Eats Alone Day, which was originally created by the organization Beyond Differences back in 2012.
"It’s a positive program to help prevent social isolation - that’s just another form of bullying - and we want to try to take it in the form of being positive, and show the kids how to include others, get to know new people, get the skills of knowing people, and just kind of making a positive atmosphere," said Megan Scheid, principal at St. Charles.
Students were placed in different spots in the cafeteria, with many of them sitting next to people that they may have not spoken to much before. Students hoped that being a part of this event would allow them to maybe find a few buddies by the end of the day.
"You can make new friends, get to know people that you don’t know, and just have a good time," said Grant Honigford, an 8th grader at St. Charles. "I’m sitting with people I’ve never talked to before, even though we're in the same wing, I’ve never really talked to them."
"So many people feel left out all the time, and I feel that it’s really nice to finally get to sit with someone and definitely learn something new about them," said Allison Young, an 8th grader at St. Charles. "Since we're in middle school, we obviously see each other in the halls, but I think it’s really nice to actually learn a lot about that person."
This is the first year that St. Charles has held No One Eats Alone Day and staff says that the day was quite successful.
"I think the kids have really embraced it, they think it’s a fun idea, they’re really enjoying getting together with other people, and kind of being out of their normal groups, which is sometimes very hard for some of these kids to step out of their comfort zones," Scheid said. "For them to be able to do this and have the opportunity to say it’s okay for them to do it is important for them to have."