Everyday Heroes

High School Students Form Club So No One Has To Eat Lunch Alone

These kids are making sure everyone feels welcome.

Lunchtime is certainly a highly anticipated part of the day, especially for students. As you’re sitting in class with your stomach growling, hardly able to focus, it’s nice to know that once that bell rings, you’ll be on your way to the cafeteria to chow down.

But the social aspects of lunch in the cafeteria can get a bit dicey, which is why Boca Raton Community High School student Denis Estimon formed the club “We Dine Together.”

He knows all too well that it can feel good to get a reprieve from the rigors of the school day. But if you feel isolated at lunch, it can quickly become a source of dread. He formed the club in the hopes that no one would ever have to eat lunch alone again.

“It’s not a good feeling, like you’re by yourself. And that’s something that I don’t want anybody to go through,” Estimon told CBS News. “To me it’s like, if we don’t try to go make that change, who’s going to do it?” he said.

In addition to seeking out students who are eating alone during lunch, introducing themselves and asking to share a meal together, the club also meets every Tuesday to discuss relationships and getting out of your comfort zone.

“At the end of each meeting I tell them, ‘Look, you guys have to go out there and try to make relationships.’ I myself, at lunch, every single day I walk around, I look for kids, I shake their hand,” Estimon told Sun Sentinel.

These students are really onto something here. There are few times in life when “fitting in” feels as important as it does in high school, and the fact that this group of high schoolers can appreciate this not only for themselves—but for others—speaks volumes.