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High Schooler's Nobody Dines Alone Club Spreads Friendship

By    |   Monday, 27 November 2017 12:02 PM

A former high schooler in Florida is on a mission to ensure that nobody in school dines alone, CBS News reported.

Denis Estimon, who used to be one of 3,400 students at Boca Raton High School, is all too familiar with the feeling of being excluded at lunch time. When he moved here in first grade, the Haitian immigrant had no friends and spent his lunch breaks alone.

Things have since changed for Estimon, but he has not forgotten what it felt like to isolated.

"It's not a good feeling, like you're by yourself. And that's something that I don't want anybody to go through," he said, according to CBS News.

Estimon set up a club called We Dine Together in an effort to ensure that no one has to spend their lunch break alone, and the concept has since exploded, sparking a nationwide movement.

The Boca High club is run by a group of students including co-founder Jean Max Maradieu, who quit the football team to focus more time on "We Dine Together."

"I don't mind not getting a football scholarship, this is what I really want to do," he said, according to CBS News.

Boca High's English teacher, Jordan Hernandez, helped Estimon set the campaign up, describing the initiative as a mission "to build relationships over the table," ABC News noted.

"We try to go out and find those who are ostracized or isolated and bring them into the club," Hernandez said.

He noted that the club offered "a place where you are safe and accepted for who you are and for what you choose to be."

The campaign has gained national attention since its inception and has culminated in various other clubs being set up across the U.S.

Since founding the original club at Boca High, Estimon has graduated and is now traveling the country and helping to set up "We Dine Together" chapters at various other schools, CBS News reported.

There are currently 15 functioning clubs with 100 slated to be opened in 2018.

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