Florida High Schooler Makes Sure Nobody Eats Lunch Alone

Denis Estimon created “We Dine Together,” a student group at Boca Raton Community High School in Florida so no student has to eat alone.
Courtesy Denis Estimon

When the lunch bell rings at Boca Raton High School in Florida, 3,400 kids spill into the courtyard and split into their social groups. 

But not everyone gets included. As we first reported in March, here at Boca High and at schools across the country, someone always sits alone.

Denis is a Haitian immigrant. When he came here in first grade, he says he felt isolated — especially at lunch.

Now he’s popular. But he has not forgotten that first-grade feeling.

“It’s not a good feeling, like you’re by yourself. And that’s something that I don’t want anybody to go through,” said Denis Estimon.

“To me it’s like, if we don’t try to go make that change, who’s going to do it?” Denis said.

So with some friends, Denis started a club called “We Dine Together.”

Their mission is to go into the courtyard at lunchtime to make sure no one is starving for company.

For new kids especially, the club is a godsend. Since it started last year, hundreds of friendships have formed — some very unlikely.

Jean Max Meradieu said he met kids he would never “ever” meet on the football team.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Steve Hartman