Sandy Hook parent to discuss ‘love enrichment’ program

The Maui News

A woman who lost her son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will be speaking about “The Choose Love Enrichment Program” she developed from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lokelani Intermediate School cafeteria in Kihei.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Scarlett Lewis’ son, Jesse, was one of the 20 children fatally shot by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Lewis chose to respond to the tragedy by focusing on the importance of positive and healthy relationships and mindfulness in understanding and managing emotions, a news release about her Maui appearance said.

She worked with educators to develop a program that has received worldwide attention — The Choose Love Enrichment Program.

It provides educators with a free social and emotional learning program for preschoolers to high school seniors. There is a family component as well, the news release said.

The curriculum uses a formula for choosing love — “courage + gratitude + forgiveness + compassion in action = choosing love,” the news release said. Through this formula, there is social emotional learning.

Besides its focus on social emotional learning, the program covers positive psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, character education and emotional intelligence, the news release said.

The curriculum has been downloaded in 50 states and 55 countries.

The event is free and open to the public. Reserve a seat at cfitzpatrick@lokelanischool Lokelani Intermediate is located at 1401 Liloa Dr.