Week-Long Effort Launched to Help Bridge Racial Divisions & Bringing Students Together
Culver City Middle School launched their successful “Just Say Hello Week” during the week of May 24 to bridge racial divisions, explore our differences, and bring students together. The week-long effort at the Culver City Middle School campus was designed to encourage students to speak to, play with, and hang out with students who don’t look like them.
The Just Say Hello campaign coincided with the celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Month on campus. Teachers and students wore “Just Say Hello” t-shirts, handed out “Just Say Hello” masks and stickers to students as they arrived on campus in the morning. In addition, the students chalked “Just Say Hello” messages in multiple languages on the Culver City Middle School campus.
“Seeing students actively participate in the “Just Say Hello” initiative is exactly what we want this campaign to do,” said Kerman Maddox, founder of Just Say Hello. “These young people can lead the way towards a future where we can better communicate our differences and bridge divisions.”
T-Shirts, masks, and stickers are available at the Just Say Hello webstore at www.justsayhello.org with profits supporting the non-profit organization. The program is supported by major funding from both corporate and private sponsors including Amazon, USC, Jamie Montgomery, and Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas. Just Say Hello is also endorsed by Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, The UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute and The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
“Just Say Hello” is a campaign for small gestures with a big message: Say hello to somebody who doesn’t look like you. The campaign is inspired in part by the overwhelming movement to bridge the racial divide after the murder of George Floyd and countless others before him. For more information, visit www.JustSayHello.org