“Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond. Children can learn to choose a loving thought over an angry one. When a child realizes that they have the power to positively impact themselves as well as those around them, it is empowering and perpetuates their positive actions and interactions.”
–Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and Jesse’s mother
Senator Blumenthal Invites Students to Washington D.C. During SEL Awareness Week Event
During an SEL Awareness Week event at Quinnipiac University, students from schools around the state displayed murals they created from the theme “Choosing Love”. Students spoke about what choosing love means to them and how the Choose Love Movement has impacted their lives. Senator Richard Blumenthal was so moved by the students’ inspiring stories that he announced that he would bring them to Washington and invited the students and their teachers to see them on display at the Capital.
On the morning of December 14th, 2012, Jesse McCord Lewis walked out of his house and down the driveway towards his father who was waiting to drive him to school. Along the way, Jesse stopped to write a message with his finger in the frost on his mother’s car: “I love you.” Just hours later, Jesse was gone. He was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Days prior to the tragedy, Jesse wrote three words on his chalkboard at home: “Nurturing. Healing. Love.” We understand these final words as a calling from Jesse that says, ‘I have something for you to do for us. That’s to consciously change an angry thought into a loving one’ because it is a choice.”
The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement collaborates with professional educators to bring lasting meaning to Jesse’s murder by developing school-based educational programs to change our current culture of violence to one of safety, peace and love for everyone in our world.
This is the single guiding principle, the sole purpose and motto of our work: Teaching others to Choose Love.