At Boca High in Boca Raton, Florida, lunchtime is more than just midday consumption — it's a time to reach out and make new friends. We Dine Together was formed by a high school senior, and it's meant to merge the 3,400 students in the courtyard, CBS News reports.
Especially those who eat alone.
"It's not a good feeling, you're by yourself," founder and Haitian immigrant Denis Estimon says. "That's something that I don't want anybody to go through. To me, it's like, if you don't try and go make that change, who's going to do it?"
The club's goal is to ensure no student dines by his or her lonesome. As such, members connect with solo students during lunch.
"I went from a school that I always had friends to coming to where I had nobody," club member Allie Sealy says of transferring to the high school two years ago.
"It's honestly an issue," she says, tearing up. "Meeting someone who actually cares and listens to what you have to say — it really makes a difference. And that could happen at lunch; that could happen at our club. It's gonna make a difference."
It seems it already has, and in no small way — Estimon is working on opening chapters of We Dine Together at other high schools.
This is one trend we can certainly get on board with.
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