#NoOneEatsAloneDay: Pleasant Hill Academy students learning about "social isolation"

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's a moment of kindness that went viral.

Florida State Seminoles football team’s Wide Receiver Travis Rudolph had lunch with a boy he saw sitting alone at a middle school.

Bo Paske has autism, and on most days, no one sat next to him during lunch.

Rudolph helped change that.

Now, one local school is making sure #NoOneEatsAlone.

Before lunch, the sixth graders at Pleasant Hill Academy will be learning what “social isolation” is and how it affects them.

Buckeye Health Plan is hosting an assembly in honor of #NoOneEatsAloneDay.

Students will learn about how feeling excluded can have a negative impact on their health and how they perform in school.

Those with Buckeye Health also note how social isolation can be a precursor to violence, bullying and self-harm.

At lunch on Thursday, students are going to be encouraged to sit with someone they don't know or don't usually sit with.

Those with “Beyond Differences,” the non-profit that created the program, believe students, when given the tools to do so, will stand up for others.

"I think that when children feel included and a part of a community and a group setting it impacts so many things throughout, from an educational standpoint and academics to eating habits, them being able to socialize and be able to socialize throughout their lifespan,” said Monique Gladden of Buckeye Health Plan.

This is the first year the school has taken part in this program.

Though it will just be sixth graders this year, in the years to come they want all grades to take part.

The #NoOneEatsAlone program is free to schools. If you would like more information about it, you can follow this link.

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