Starting the week with a wave

“Start with Hello” week aimed to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness at Lakewood High School.



Junior Falicity Ozuna and senior Cameron Copeland pose in front of the “Start with Hello” week poster on Sept. 22 in front of the cafeteria. The poster was created by the SAVE Club, which organized the week of activities.


The SAVE Club, or Students Against Violence Everywhere, did a weeklong campaign called “Start with Hello” to promote community within Lakewood High School.

For the past three years this event has gone on, but with the effects of COVID-19, the club has never gotten the chance to show its fullest potential. The club, which has 32 members, is sponsored by library and media specialist Heather Robinson, School Resource Officer Julian Battiest.

“(This is) a week where we want to reinforce connecting with each other face to face,” Robinson said.

Start with Hello week went from Sept. 20-24 and had a variety of different events happening on campus all week.

  • Monday – Say Hello stickers were passed out and the SAVE club staffed an information table by the cafeteria.
  • Tuesday – This was International Day of Peace and motivational chalk messages were written on the sidewalks and walkways.
  • Wednesday – Students and staff wore green to bring awareness to bullying and in support of inclusivity.
  • Thursday –Hispanic Heritage Month was spotlighted at the Media Center
  • Friday – Students and staff filled out notes, complimenting each other and posted them on a Shout-Out Board in the Media Center.