Every School Can Replicate, “We Dine Together” Club

Every School Can Replicate, “We Dine Together” Club


A very cool idea started at Boca Raton High School in Florida.  They actually call it a club – the We Dine Together Club. These students believe that no student should have to eat alone at their school. They believe that school should not be an isolating experience. So, each day members of this group roam the lunchroom and the courtyard at school, befriending those who are alone. One of the founding members, Denis Estimon said, “If we don’t try and go make that change, who’s going to do it?” Another member, Allie Sealy added, “Meeting someone who actually cares and listens to what you have to say really makes a difference.”

Joe’s Perspective: Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ideas. It’s an idea that can be easily replicated by every single school in the country. It doesn’t cost any money and it doesn’t take any special skills. You just have to care and then decide to follow the blueprint laid out by Boca Raton High School.

Joe’s Challenge: I challenge every student that is reading this blog – perhaps because you are enrolled in a leadership class or maybe this is a part of your homeroom – to make this happen at your school. Organize, develop a plan, and carry it out. The plan needs to be well-organized. The plan need to account for daily and continuous actions. The plan needs to be long-term, so it doesn’t die out at the end of the year.

Your Turn: Will you take on this challenge? If so, return to this blog and post your plan and your results. Everyone would love to hear it.

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  1. I love this idea! Truly amazing what these people are doing. It can truly be life changing for someone. I can image the feeling of feeling like an outsider and eating alone. Just having someone to talk can make your day so much better and look forward to coming to school. Some people may be going through something or just a rough day and just knowing that someone is thier is truly amazing. I love what this whole program is about and I can imagen for big school this being an issue.

  2. I see kids eating alone frequently in my school. the idea of eating alone makes me sad because lunch is one of my favorite parts of the day. what these high school students are doing is great. and I like that they encourage other students to try this at their own high school.

  3. I love this. I’ve moved around so much and changed schools even more than that. I know what its like to be the new kid and a program like this would have saved me a lot of awkward lonely lunches.

  4. I love the idea of inclusion. I wish I had more time as high school student to make this happen but I will defiantly share this idea with the underclassman in the leadership program. All it would take to start up is the students in the leadership class and it could branch out from there!!

  5. To launch an officially recognized & supported We Dine Together club at your middle or high school, head to WeDineTogether.org & nominate a student leader today!

  6. this is a great dea! my seventh period teacher had this det for our effort story, and were starting one of our own at our school irving in lincoln nebraska!!!!