“Mix It Up at Lunch Day” – Has Your School Signed Up?
Since 2001, schools across the country (and in fact the world) sign up for the annual national Mix It Up at Lunch Day campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance. The goal is to “encourage students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.” As Teaching Tolerance explains, “It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.” It is a powerful activity for National Bullying Prevention Month that can open the door for more activities to promote positive student interactions throughout the year.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources online to help school staff with the preparation and implementation. As more schools participate, there are also a growing number of examples of the impact and the diverse approaches to preparation and follow up. Here is the list of model schools.
This year Mix It Up Day is October 30. It is not too late to add your school to the map. Register now to help turn the map green.
Anti-Bullying Effort Gets Bullied
In early October, a group called the American Family Association (AFA) launched an email attack on the Mix It Up program. They bullied the anti-bullying program, calling it an effort to indoctrinate elementary and junior high school children into the “homosexual lifestyle.” The AFA urged people to call school principals to demand that schools drop out of Mix. Read more in this New York Times article, “Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day.”
This year more than ever it is important to sign up to participate – for the benefit of students in your school and to show that schools won’t be bullied by the AFA.
Mix It Up on October 30 and all year long!