Welcome to National No One Eats Alone Day!
We are excited to share with you No One Eats Alone, our student-led lunchtime initiative. No One Eats Alone, Beyond Differences' most popular program, is a stand-alone event that takes place during lunch at school, including curriculum that can be used before or after the day. During your event, students make a difference on their own middle school campus by making sure that everyone is included at lunch and students sit with new friends and classmates.
Beyond Differences is carrying a simple message to cities across this nation: We believe that a new day is dawning. A new day in which all kids feel included, valued and accepted by their peers. At Beyond Differences we are dedicated to helping teens and schools make social inclusion the new reality.
Beyond Differences was founded by the parents of Lili Smith who was born with a cranial facial syndrome and was socially isolated during her middle school years. After Lili died at the age of 15 due to medical complications from her syndrome, a group of teens from the local community banded together to bring change to their local schools. They had not realized that they had been leaving Lili out from all the fun social get-togethers. But upon hearing about Lili's feelings of being left out, they were determined to never let anyone feel that way again!
That small group has grown into many hundreds of teens in communities all across America. These teens are bringing the word that a new day has come - that day starts with National No One Eats Alone Day.
There are two important things to know about having a No One Eats Alone Day at your school:
The kids are in charge. We have found that when you empower teens to make these changes, they do so enthusiastically and, most importantly, the changes stick.
Make it local. Each school has its own traditions and its own charm. Let this show through.
We encourage you to launch No One Eats Alone in your school - and we'll help by providing lots of resources such as lesson plans, activities, and supplies for event day (including napkins, balloons, stickers and more!) Just let us know you're interested by filling out this form and we'll be in touch right away. We also welcome your questions and feedback.
Beyond Differences Team