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Nelson Mandela
05 Aug: Sending “Nurturing Healing Love” to El Paso and Dayton

Sending “Nurturing Healing Love” to El Paso and Dayton. Written by Scarlett Lewis We are sending “Nurturing Healing Love” to El Paso and Dayton. I grieve with you. I understand the depths of your sorrow. There are no words… After Jesse’s murder, I dedicated my life to being part of the solution to the issues we’re experiencing in schools that translate into our society. In addition to escalating gun violence, the latest data showed 71% of our schools reported violence….

John Cafferty
25 Jun: From ‘The Dark Side’ To Hearts On Fire — John Cafferty Headlining Choose Love Benefit

How John Cafferty Joined the Choose Love Movement John Cafferty sat down with the Newtown Bee and revealed how he learned about the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. DANBURY — How did the creative artist behind one of the most popular movie bands of all time connect with a nonprofit movement that sprung from the heart of the Sandy Hook tragedy? As he explained it during a recent interview with The Newtown Bee, it was family that helped put John Cafferty…

03 Jun: What is Post Traumatic Growth?

PTSD vs. PTG Almost everyone has heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the vast majority of us experience something called post-traumatic growth (PTG) following difficulty or trauma. PTG is when we are strengthened through our experience and learn valuable lessons that translate into personal growth. While most people have never heard of PTG, we know when we are aware of something, we experience the benefits exponentially. We all feel pain (physical, mental, emotional) which can provide a tremendous opportunity for…

Plato fun
07 May: Why is FUN and PLAY So Important?

The Importance of FUN and PLAY by Stephanie Bierman, Director of Program Development; Curriculum and Resource Writer While the Choose Love Movement and Program have a large focus on Choosing Love, we also have 5 words that our movement and program are grounded in which are, “Have A Lot of FUN!”. These words are important in more ways than one. They are particularly special and meaningful because they are the words of Jesse Lewis. Jesse left a note for his…

Have a lot of fun
26 Apr: Have a Lot of Fun!

Jesse Lewis Left a Note for his Brother. It read, “Have a lot of fun” Jesse left a note for his big brother, folded on his desk. This was a last message left for an older brother from a younger brother. JT found it after Jesse’s murder. He wrote, “Have a Lot of fun.” This message has proven to be incredibly sage advice, along with Jesse’s other messages including, “Nurturing Healing Love” that has gone around the world and is…

Scarlett Lewis
12 Mar: Challenges in Schools Require Next Generation Solutions

Challenges in Schools Require Next Generation Solutions Educators are our modern day heroes! Every day, educators are faced with new, more complex and difficult challenges. I travel cross country almost continuously, speaking to students, educators and administrators, with parents and communities, listening to the frustrations and worry that what we’re doing, ‘isn’t working.’ Bullying A lot of the issues that we experienced when we went to school are continuing and even getting worse. Bullying has increased by 21% since we…

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
10 Mar: Fundraiser: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Choose Love Night with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Come out and support the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement for a night of family fun with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as they take on the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday, March 24th. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $21 per ticket (Box Office Price $31) and all families will be seated together at the game. This is a fundraising event generated from ticket sales and a special 50/50 raffle. All…

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band live
07 Mar: Announcing John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band Benefit Concert

“Hearts on Fire” Benefit Concert to Support the Choose Love Movement The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is pleased to announce a benefit concert starring John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. The “Hearts on Fire” benefit concert is a celebration of Jesse’s birthday on June 30th at the Ives Theater in Danbury, CT. Doug Allen will perform his tribute to Jesse, “Choose Love” and more. Join us for a day of music, food trucks, and family fun in celebration…

26 Feb: Scarlett Lewis on the Today Show

Mother of Sandy Hook victim discusses campaign to choose love Scarlett Lewis lost her 6-year-old son, Jesse, in the horrific Sandy Hook school shooting. Since then, she’s made it her life mission to be part of the solution. Lewis joins Kathie Lee and Hoda on TODAY to discuss the power of her Choose Love Movement. WATCH HERE

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06 Feb: Choose Love SEL Awareness Month

Choose Love Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Awareness Month is a call to action for educators, students, families and communities to celebrate and promote the importance of teaching children core competencies and skills, beyond academics, that can help them thrive socially, physically, mentally and emotionally. Social and Emotional Learning gives kids the skills and tools they need to have healthy connections and manage their emotions. SEL is a proactive and preventative mental health initiative that teaches kids: • How to get…

29 Jan: Scarlett Lewis says she hopes to prevent another tragedy

By Shreya Yedave | News | January 29, 2019 Mother of Sandy Hook victim spreads message of love to NH schools “The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting visited New Hampshire on Monday with a positive message that was crafted in the wake of the tragedy. Scarlett Lewis said she wants to spread the message to every school in the country that love can overcome hate. Her son, Jesse, was one of the 20 students who…

28 Dec: Spreading ‘Choose Love Movement’ From Home To Entire Communities

By Shreya Yedave | News | December 28, 2018 Jesse’s Mom Scarlett Lewis: Spreading ‘Choose Love Movement’ From Home To Entire Communities The Choose Love At Home “program uses the Choose Love Formula…to educate parents on emotional intelligence and how building character values can help prevent future mass shootings” (John Voket, The Newtown Bee). The Choose Love Enrichment Program is a character development and social emotional learning program that is creating a culture of connectedness. Read the full article HERE.

20 Dec: Scarlett Lewis attends a round table White House meeting on School Safety

By Shreya Yedave | News | December 20, 2018 Newtown parent’s efforts get recognition in Trump school-violence report The report incorporated virtually all of the recommendations put forward by Lewis and the project she started in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting: The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Lewis has been a tireless promoter nationwide of the movement’s no-cost enrichment program, which aims to help students “become connected, resilient and empowered individuals.” It essentially incorporates emotional mental health awareness into the school curriculum, Lewis…

19 Dec: Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement included in Federal Commission on School Safety

By Shreya Yedave | News | December 19, 2018 The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is proud to be included in the newly released Federal Commission on School Safety. The recommendations made in the Federal Commission on School Safety are focused on prevention and the first recommendation is Social Emotional Learning for a safe, positive climate. “Along with character education programs, fostering social and emotional learning can help prevent school violence and improve safety. At a May 17, 2018 information session, Secretary DeVos heard…

15 Dec: Scarlett Lewis Talks with Maria Shriver

By Shreya Yedave | News | December 15, 2018   “On this #ArchitectOfChange, I’m talking to Scarlett Lewis from the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. It’s been six years since her son, Jesse, was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Find out why this mother is choosing love following the death of her 6-year-old son, Jesse.” – Maria Shriver

Choose Love at Home
11 Dec: Choose Love At Home Program Launches

 Jesse Lewis Choose Love At Home Program Launches Amidst the 6th Anniversary of the Sandy Hook School Shooting            Newtown, CT (December 11, 2018) The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a non-profit honoring Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, announced today a new program, Choose Love at Home, providing parents with an online video course in social and emotional intelligence. The program will launch on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting and is available to…