Student's Club to Make Sure No Kid Eats Lunch Alone
High School Got Better Thanks to 1 Club That Ensures Nobody Eats Alone
There are 3,400 students who attend Boca Raton Community High School, but that doesn't mean that lunchtime can't be incredibly lonely for some.
As students break off into their groups and settle in the courtyard to eat, some kids end up eating alone. Although Denis Estimon is now a popular senior, he remembers clearly feeling isolated and alone during lunch when he started the first grade as a Haitian immigrant. So in an attempt to welcome new kids while also making a more inclusive atmosphere for current students, Denis started a club called "We Dine Together" to ensure that everyone has a place to eat with friends if they want to.
Although one student can't make a difference at every school across the country, Denis is determined to start making a change in his own school to put an end to the divisions.
"It's not a good feeling, like you're by yourself. And that's something that I don't want anybody to go through," Denis told CBS. "To me it's like, if we don't try to go make that change, who's going to do it?"
Denis's simple plan is having a major impact on fellow students. Jean Max Meradieu quit the football team so he would have more time to spend with the club and Allie Sealy now feels like she has a place at the school after transferring two years ago.
"I went from a school where I always had friends — to coming to where I had nobody," Allie said. "It just seems really unfair. It's honestly an issue. Meeting someone who actually cares and listens to what you have to say really makes a difference. And that can happen at lunch, that can happen at our club. It's going to make a difference."