To end school isolation, 18-year-old Denis Estimon from Florida founded a club called We Dine Together.
One student’s mission triggered the nationwide movement.
Denis is now one of the most popular students at Boca Raton High.
His family came to the USA from Haiti when the boy was a first-grader.
He eventually made friends, but the first year Denis spend in isolation always remained in his memories.
“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 News.
At dinner 3,400 students of Boca Raton High split into their social groups, but there are always outcasts.
Denis decided to make a change. With the support of friends and his English teacher, Estimon started a new club named We Dine Together.
The club officially opened in autumn 2016, and its Facebook page now has more than 7000 followers.
The members’ mission is to go onto the school yard during lunch and make sure no one is alone with their meals.
We Dine Together is a true salvation for newcomers. Hundreds of students found new friends, and many of those friendships exist only because of the club.
Jean Max Meradieu, the member of the club, quit the football team just to spent more time helping new students:
“This is what I really want to do. You’re meeting kinds you probably would never meet in a football team”.
Denis has already graduated from high school, but goes on with his mission.
He now aims to open We Dine Together chapters at other schools across the U.S., and already managed to launch 15 with more than 100 slated for 2018.
There is no greater happines for any new kid than a small talk with one of the coolest students in school. That is what Denis wants to achieve.
“To me it’s like, if we don’t try to go make that change, who’s going to do it?”