More than 4 million students at 9,000 schools are set to challenge social boundaries during the fifth annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day.” Sixth Avenue Elementary School students will participate in this lunchtime event on Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
The program’s concept is simple but powerful: for this one day, students will sit with someone new at lunch. Teachers Marie Hodges and Denise Alcala, along with the Faculty Diversity Committee at Sixth Avenue, organized “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” to promote new interactions and experiences for students.
“Mix It Up at Lunch Day” is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program. Mixing it up at lunch gives students an opportunity to bring down the walls in their schools and interact with others,” said Mix It Up Director Tafeni English.
Students will be encouraged to sit at a table with others to form new social groups. Students will be given prompts to initiate conversation with their new group.
“This day is designed to support a culture of learning here at Sixth Avenue Elementary and to encourage student ideas for further collaborative activities,” said Hodges.