Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
Mix It Up Day is designed to break down stereotypes and allow students to become more empatic by getting to know one another at lunch. Students are asked to step out of their comfort zone and to learn about others…hopefully making some new friends in the process.
As students came into lunch, they each received a colored sticker with a shape–directing them to a new table.
- Students were encouraged to eat lunch and have a conversation with someone new (while putting their electronics away for a while).
After the usual 10 minutes in the cafeteria, the gym was opened for students to have the opportunity to meet even more people.
- After entering the gym, students were asked to complete the Mix It Up page by introducing themselves to others and getting their names on a form with four different categories.
- A second activity called Friend-a-thon came after that.
- When it was finally time to go, students turned in their papers for some Lifesavers because getting to know other and develop positive relationships can really be a Lifesaver!
Thanks to everyone who participated, making the day a great success!