Cultivating Empathy in the Cafeteria

Problem-solving Tips from Bridport Elementary


As students at Bridport Elementary school move forward forging deeper, more empathetic understanding of one another, we are left wondering: how can lessons learned from the cafeteria be applied elsewhere? Students and adults all over the country could benefit from an approach in which every person is always welcome at the table in any situation. Imagine what it will look like when Bridport Elementary alumni attend social events as adults, where they see someone sitting by his or herself, without anyone to interact with? Will they join their friends in an exclusive conversation, or will they open their arms and hearts to others and create an inclusive environment?


Here are a few tips and mindsets that helped Bridport Elementary School cultivate empathy:


By Sandra Hinderliter