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13 Sep: The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, Kaiser Permanente, and #hersmile Partner to Increase School Safety from the Inside Out

“In Northern California, The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is teaming up with Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Service Area and #hersmile in a campaign to help keep our children safe by providing schools with a program that includes research-based skills and tools that support mental wellness and reduce bullying, substance abuse and mental illnesses.” – PR Newswire Read the full article HERE.  

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29 Aug: Scarlett Lewis Keynote at University of Rhode Island Educator Workshop

Preparing Educators for a Happy, Healthy and Courageous School Year Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, was the keynote speaker for an educator workshop, “Nourishing Insights, Preparing Educators for a Happy, Healthy and Courageous School Year”, at the University of Rhode Island on August 23, 2018. The workshop was sponsored by URI’s Center for Non-Violence & Peace Studies, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and the South Kingstown school district. Scarlett addressed over 200 educators about…


GOVERNOR SUNUNU RECOMMENDS THE JESSE LEWIS CHOOSE LOVE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM TO SERVE AS SEL BACKBONE FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE SCHOOLS   Newtown, CT (July 11, 2018) — The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement ( is thrilled to be  recommended by Governor Chris Sununu as New Hampshire’s leading social and emotional learning (SEL) program.  The Governor’s School Safety Preparedness Task Force presented Gov. Chris Sununu with their findings, which comes after 90 days and more than 1,000 hours of research and discussion…

10 Jul: The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement Receives Its First State-wide Commitment in New Hampshire

The Choose Love Enrichment Program™ will be Rolled Out Across New Hampshire The Choose Love Enrichment Program™ has been included in the first state-wide school safety plan and will be provided to schools across New Hampshire. After collaborating with Scarlett Lewis, Chief Movement Officer of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has made Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) a priority in the New Hampshire School Safety Preparedness Task Force 2018 Report.                                                                                                 The Choose Love…

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11 Jun: Quick Tips to Start Choosing Love Today

How can you be part of the solution to create safer schools and a more peaceful world?  Ask if your schools have a comprehensive social and emotional learning program. Social and Emotional Learning teaches students how to have healthy and positive relationships, deep and meaningful connections, skills and tools for resilience, how to identify, label, manage and express emotions in a healthy way, responsible decision making and lots more.   If your schools do not have an SEL program, encourage…

28 May: Teachers unions grapple with strikes, pivotal Supreme Court case

SCHOOL SAFETY (AGAIN) TAKES CENTER STAGE: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week offered few clues about her school safety commission’s next steps during a two-hour-plus meeting with school safety experts and survivors and family members affected by mass shootings. The Education Department on Monday released video of the meeting, which had drawn criticism because it wasn’t open to the press or public and didn’t include teachers, students or school leaders. — DeVos, who is leading the Trump administration’s school safety commission, mostly listened. She…

24 May: “Be Part of the Solution” is a Campaign to Create Safer Schools and a More Peaceful World

Join Us in Spreading the Choose Love Message and Help Get Social and Emotional Learning into the Hands of Students and Educators Be Part of the Solution is a Campaign to Create Safer Schools and a More Peaceful World Newtown, CT (May 24, 2018) – The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is teaming up with The Impact Vine to raise funds and awareness around the solution.  Be Part of the Solution is a campaign to keep our children safe by…

21 May: Scarlett Lewis provides A Solution to the Federal School Safety Commission- read her speech below. SEL = Safer Schools

Thank you for the opportunity to offer a solution to the violence we are experiencing in our schools today. My name is Scarlett Lewis and I am the mother of Jesse McCord Lewis who was a victim of the Sandy Hook School shooting. I am also the proud mother of JT Lewis. I decided to become part of the solution following the brutal murder of my 6 year old son, Jesse, in his first grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary…

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04 May: South Kingstown, RI Teacher of the Year – Karen Murphy

Karen Murphy Named Teacher of the Year in South Kingstown RI We are thrilled to announce our Choose Love Ambassador, Karen Murphy, has been selected as Teacher of the Year in South Kingstown, RI. Murphy is a Health and Physical Education teacher at South Kingstown High School in Wakefield, RI.   “I’m very surprised, overwhelmed,” Murphy said. “We have so many great teachers in our system. I just feel like we all deserve it, so I was very joyful. It’s a…

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26 Apr: “Be Part of the Solution Video”

Check out the “Be Part of the Solution” video by David Murphy Producer at Core-Visual, featuring Scarlett Lewis, whose youngest son Jesse was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Rather than let her personal tragedy manifest as hatred toward her son’s killer, she instead started a movement, called Choose Love. Watch video here.  The Choose Love Enrichment Program is a free Pre-K through 12th grade social and emotional learning program that teaches educators and their students how to…

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26 Apr: Choose Love Q&A: Practical Advice from the Field

Q&A:  Practical Advice from the Field with Scarlett Lewis (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Founder) and Lieutenant General, Marty Steele (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Chairman of the Board) as featured CASEL’s April Newsletter. CASEL = Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning.  Read the Q&A here. 

09 Apr: Compassion in Action

“One way to help combat school violence is by equipping students with social and emotional learning skills and tools,” said Scarlett Lewis. Her free Choose Love Enrichment Program focuses on teaching students SEL skills such as self-awareness, self-management and responsible decision-making. Read more here. 

08 Apr: Scarlett Lewis Honored with Women of Distinction Award

Scarlett Lewis Honored with Women of Distinction Award By Jan Pierret The YWCA Darien/Norwalk selected Scarlett Lewis as a recipient for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards.  The award recognizes women who have made significant and unique contributions that have made a difference in the community. Scarlett is recognized for her work at Hindley School in Darien, CT and All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, CT as well as the global impact she makes teaching students how to Choose Love through…

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29 Mar: Mother of Sandy Hook victim shares message in New Hampshire

Scarlett Lewis’ message is fostered by three words her first-grader had written on a chalkboard in their house before the tragedy. “’Nurturing, healing, love.’ And those words aren’t something that a 6-year old would normally say,” Lewis said in an interview with WMUR on March 29, 2018 in Concord, NH. Read more here. 

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27 Mar: Uncas Students Learning to Choose Love

On Tuesday, March 27, Scarlett Lewis and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited classrooms at Uncas Elementary School in Norwich, CT to observe children and teachers engaging in the Choose Love Enrichment Program, a free social and emotional learning program that has been implemented in grades pre-k through 12 in all 50 states and 55 countries. Read more here.