“We Dine Together”
While most of us have groups of friends to sit with at lunch, this is not the case for everyone. Typically, someone is always found sitting alone. Students at Florida’s Boca Raton High School are looking to change this. A club called We Dine Together is dedicating their lunch time to make sure their fellow classmates are not found isolated.
High school senior Denis Estimon came to the U.S. from Haiti when he was in the first grade. When he first came here, he felt isolated, especially at lunch. Now he has become popular and well-known in his school, but he makes it clear that he has not forgotten that first grade feeling. With the help of some friends he created the club called We Dine Together. Their purpose is to develop relationships at the table and ensure no one has to eat by themselves. They start by meeting in a classroom and then disperse throughout their school’s courtyard looking for people who could use the company.
Allie Sealy, who also helped jump start the club, got emotional in an interview held by CBS when remembering what it was like to sit by herself. For being a new kid, she said this club was just what she needed. “Meeting someone who actually cares and listens to what you have to say really makes a difference, and that could happen at lunch. It could happen at our club.”
People all over are praising the club members for extending a helping hand. They have gathered about one hundred followers since the beginning of the school year, and they plan to push this club in other high schools all over the country.
So what would this look like at Apex High School? With around two thousand students attending our school, it is common to find some students without a group to sit with. Not only do we see this in our cafeteria and courtyard, but some students go to teachers’ classrooms during their lunch period. Providing a more inviting environment could make a huge difference. Just imagine how different your high school years could be if some of the most known kids in the school got together and decided to let people know they mattered.