PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Beaumont Middle School 7th-grader Delaney said she knows what it’s like to be alienated and alone at school. Before making friends, she said she used to sit alone every day at lunch.
School counselors said being alone can be just as bad as being bullied, and they aim to change that through the program “No one eats alone.”
Each student will eat lunch with others they don’t know and at different tables than they normally choose. The simple act of eating with someone new can form relationships and make changes.
“It’s important to feel like you’re not alone,” said Beaumont counselor Ria Dunn. “‘No one eats alone’ is so important because it brings awareness to an issue. And it is very important for all students to have somebody.”
This Friday is the national push for No One Eats Alone, and all of the Portland Public Schools will be participating.