It is paradoxical that the tragic 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting would result in a formula for choosing love. “We can teach children to choose love,” says Scarlett Lewis. Her six-year-old son, Jesse, was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Research shows that children who feel connected, are resilient, and can reciprocate love won’t want to harm each other. “Love is a universal need, the lack of which can be devastating,” says Lewis. She is Chief Movement Officer of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.
The Choose Love Enrichment Program emphasizes the simple, universal teachings of courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion in action. This program provides children with the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need to choose love in any situation. It’s a sustainable educational solution to eliminate school shootings and bullying while improving the self-esteem of students.
The Choose Love Enrichment Program™ has recently been included in the first state-wide school safety plan. It launched in 2017 and is in schools across New Hampshire. The program is also included in the New Hampshire School Safety Preparedness Task Force 2018 Report. After collaborating with Scarlett Lewis, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has made Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) a priority.