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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…

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…

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…

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. 

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.   

08 Mar: 2018 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week

2018 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week Thank you to everyone who took part in Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week ! !   It was truly inspiring to hear from students across the country who shared their experiences on how the Choose Love Movement has impacted their lives. Thank you to students from Uncas Elementary, All Saints Catholic School and Quinnipiac STEM School who presented their Choose Love essays during our Celebration at Quinnipiac University School of Education.   [ngg_images…

07 Mar: Why SEL is the Solution to Ending School Shootings?

Why SEL is the Solution to Ending School Shootings? Because Kids Who Feel Connected to Each Other Won’t Want to Harm Each Other.  The cause of what we’re experiencing in our schools and society is anger, disconnection and lack of resilience. The effect is violence, mental health issues and substance abuse. The solution is teaching our kids how to manage their emotions and how to have healthy relationships and deep, meaningful connections and skills and tools for resilience. CONNECTION EQUALS…

20 Feb: Scarlett Lewis on Fox News

Scarlett Lewis appears on Fox News after Parkland Shooting     My heart goes out to the parents of the Parkland victims. I know the agony and despair well, having your precious child viciously massacred in what is supposed to be a safe haven. There are no words. After every tragedy (more than 200 hundred school shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School) we react, argue, accuse, and become more fearful yet this has done NOTHING to prevent these shootings.  …

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11 Dec: The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement awarded a multi-year, $600,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation!

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement awarded a multi-year, $600,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation!   The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is excited to announce that they have been awarded a multi-year, $600,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation for 2018-2021. The grant will be crucial in expanding the impact of the Choose Love Enrichment Program and continue their ability to provide it at no-cost to educators across the globe. Scarlett Lewis founded The Movement following the murder of her…

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30 Nov: Scarlett Lewis and the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement Win Stevie Awards in 2017 Awards for Women in Business

Scarlett Lewis and the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement Win Stevie Awards in 2017 Awards for Women in Business   The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and Scarlett Lewis have been named the winner of a three Stevie® Awards in the following categories in the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Organization of the Year – Government or Non-Profit– 10 or Less Employees  Gold Stevie Winner Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, Newtown, CT USA Female Executive of the Year –…

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12 Oct: Providence Journal: Mother of slain Sandy Hook pupil brings her ‘Choose Love’ message to N. Kingstown

Mother of slain Sandy Hook pupil brings her ‘Choose Love’ message to N. Kingstown October 12, 2017 http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20171012/mother-of-slain-sandy-hook-pupil-brings-her-choose-love-message-to-n-kingstown   NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Jesse Lewis, 6, saved the lives of nine of his classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary by yelling for them to “run!” as he stepped in front of the shooter when the gun jammed. He was one of the 20 children who died in the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. At age 6, he was…

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26 Sep: FOX Sacramento: Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Speaks at Sacramento School

Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Speaks at Sacramento School September 26, 2017 Click to watch video: Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Speaks at Sacramento School SACRAMENTO — On December 14, 2012, Scarlett Lewis’ life changed forever. Her 6-year-old son, Jesse, was one of 26 people killed when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. At least nine survivors say the only reason they lived was because Jesse yelled for them to run. After the massacre, the Sandy…