The "Start with Hello Week"" campaign was observed at several campuses in Reedley.
Start with Hello was started as a suicide prevention curriculum put in place by the district in 2018 after state law, Assembly Bill 2246 went into effect in 2017-2018.
The goal of the state was to have public schools incorporate and address prevention, intervention, and post-help for students in grades 7th through 12.
"The big focus was that a simple 'hello' could make a big difference in someone's life," said Maira Lopez, afterschool program coordinator at Jefferson. Community Youth Ministries administers the afterschool program at the campus for the Kings Canyon Unified School District.
"In conjunction with the school, we decided to have a week that focused on the importance of including others and being more aware of others' feelings," Lopez said.
The goal is to keep youngsters connected and involved, which enhances their abilities to succeed in school.