Students at Phoenix Middle School are set to cross social boundaries during the 12th annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day.”
Phoenix Middle School students will join more than 2 million others across the country to cross social and racial boundaries tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 29, as part of the 12th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, an event designed to foster respect and understanding in schools.
Mix It Up encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day. Many schools are planning similar barrier-busting activities throughout the day. Some use the event to kick off a yearlong exploration of social divisions.
More than 5,000 schools are expected to participate in this year’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day, which is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.
Student organizers agree that Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to cross group lines and meet new people. Mix It Up also fosters school spirit and unity, raises awareness about social boundaries and helps students meet different kinds of people.
The Southern Poverty Law Center launched Teaching Tolerance in 1991 to provide educators with free resources designed to reduce prejudice and promote respect for differences among our nation’s children. The Mix It Up program began in 2002.