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Mix It Up at Lunch Day

Students are encouraged to sit with students they don't normally sit with at lunch. The goal is for students to get to know other students and create unity within the schools.

Students thrive - socially and academically - in schools that are inclusive. Yet, for far too many students, schools are hotbeds of exclusion. Social scientists have long maintained that contact between diverse groups helps alleviate tensions and reduce prejudice. Mix It Up seeks to break down the barriers between students and improve intergroup relations so there are fewer misunderstandings that can lead to conflicts, bullying, and harassment.

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides Mix It Up activities for teachers to use to organize a successful Mix It Up at Lunch Day and promote social border crossing all year long.

Mix It Up at Lunch Day is held nationally in November. The event is a simple call to action: take a new seat in the cafeteria. By making the move, students can cross the invisible lines of school division, meet new people and make new friends. Many schools will be observing and celebrating diversity and teaching tolerance of others during the day. Contact your school directly to find out what they have planned.

Written by: Don Mace
Posted: Jan 11, 2010 by Don Mace

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