On Tuesday, October 23, Rachel’s Warriors (an anti-bullying club
co-facilitated by Aften Ford and Mary Hosey-Pardi) hosted our 8th annual
Mix-It-Up day during lunch.
Mix-It-Up day is a day when our Clinton Middle School students joined
more than one million other students across the country and around the
world to help break down social and racial barriers. It is also a day that promoted friendship and
the acceptance of others
The event, launched by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project in
2002, encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for one day, but to incorporate
the day into year long efforts to promote a healthy school climate
Cafeterias are the focus of Mix-It-Up day because that’s where a school’s social boundaries
are most obvious. Many schools plan similar barrier-busting activities throughout the day or hold
multiple events throughout the school year.
Our theme for this year’s Mix-It-Up day was a “superhero day” because superheroes
. Superheroes also form alliances and work together to reach a goal. High
school student volunteered and middle school faculty mingled with our middle school students
during their lunch. To encourage conversations between students, we left “topics of conversation”
on the cafeteria tables. These promoted conversations about what cliques are and why they are
bad, the benefits of friendship groups, defining what it meant to label someone and what alliances
truly are. We had a photo booth and asked students to fill out a clique assessment to help us
understand what our students know or believe to know about cliques
Both teachers and students enjoyed the event! It was a great opportunity to connect with
new friends as well as reconnect with past teachers. Several students commented on how much fun
the event was.