Mix It Up at Lunch Day is a special day that is happening in schools all around the world. On this day kids sit at lunch with someone they have never sat with before. For example, boys sit with girls and people with different races, religions, or cultural backgrounds sit together.
That's probably why it's called Mix It Up at Lunch Day. We even did it at our school. We hung up posters around our school to remind the kids that we were having Mix It Up at Lunch Day, and we told them about it in our It's Time for Tolerance slideshow.
The official Mix It Up Day usually occurs in November although you may have it anytime you wish. Mix It Up is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program. You can find out when the next day is happening and download posters and other materials by visiting their website.
Here are some reasons why you should have Mix It Up at Lunch Day at your school:
- To make new friends
- To help kids get along better
- To break down barriers between groups of kids
- To learn more about other kids in your school
- To help kids feel happier about themselves
In my experience with Mix It Up at Lunch Day, I made two new friends. Our team was surprised that many kids weren't very excited about having a Mix It Up Lunch Day. They weren't comfortable sitting with kids that they didn't already know. It's always hard to make a change, but it's also a great opportunity to learn some new things and make new friends.