At every school there’s at least one student that eats lunch alone. But for this area Florida high school, a group of students are making sure this no longer happens.
This past fall, Haitian immigrant, Denis Estimon started a lunch club. Estimon is a high school senior who is now a popular jock. But when he first arrived to the area in first grade, he didn’t have anyone to sit with at lunch time because he didn’t have any friends. As an older student, he remembers those days of isolation.
(Photo: Denis Estimon/CBS News)
Saying,“It’s not a good feeling, like you’re by yourself. And that’s something that I don’t want anybody to go through.” So now Estimon is making sure it doesn’t happen to any student at Boca Raton Community High School.
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The We Dine Together club’s mission is simple, each day, the members go to the school courtyard during lunch hours to make sure everyone has someone to eat with. The club has been called a godsend for the new kids, who don’t know a soul.
Some of the students have even formed friendships with people outside of their social circle and others have changed their priorities, just like Jean Max Meradieu. The student actually left his football team and the “other perks” that go along with it so he could spend more time with the club.
Saying to CBS News, “I don’t mind not getting a football scholarship. This is what I really want to do.” The other student participants also share the passion for the project and now Denis and his team are hopeful that they can start chapters at other schools across America.
(H/T: CBS News)
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