For one lunch period, Shore Road fifth- and sixth-graders were instructed to abandon their usual tables and to sit with a new crowd. The Mix It Up lunch activity is part of an international program which teaches tolerance by encouraging students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with new friends during lunchtime.
“Sometimes you can make a new friend or learn something about a classmate by sitting at a new table,” school social worker Christine Davison told the students.
Mix It Up lunch was part of a larger school initiative, hosted by the Random Acts of Kindness Club and termed No Name Calling Week. During the week of Feb. 5-9, students wore jeans to become a no name-calling “jean”ious, wore caps to put a cap on name-calling, wore crazy socks to put a sock on name-calling and wore pajamas to support the cause.
During lunch, each table was provided with conversation starters to assist students in finding a topic of interest. After they were finished eating their lunch, everyone was encouraged to sign a no name-calling banner.