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By now, you’re well under way to having a great Mix It Up at Lunch Day. It’s a good time to starting thinking about what happens beyond the Oct. 30.
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is my favorite book to teach. It’s the reason I became a high school English teacher. Years ago when my teacher handed me that book, I was both engrossed and frightened to learn of a dystopian world in which books were not only illegal, they were burned.
I don’t often lecture in class. In general, I prefer to run more of a seminar-like discussion. Teaching British literature this year, however, presented an unusual opportunity to test some technology and flip my lesson.
Today, thousands of people will stand against bullying and wear a blue T-shirt in a worldwide event to raise awareness about bullying. It is known as Blue Shirt Day or World Day of Bullying Prevention.
Each March 7, Stephanie and her husband John will invite immediate family members to the house to celebrate their son, Alexander, now 3. And every year, she’ll ask people not to bring gifts, but she knows the grandparents will not listen. She will serve cake. Friends will send cards and messages of congratulations. Pictures will be taken and loaded into photo albums.
When I was a kid, I attended two different elementary schools in the same town. They were very different. One was large, suburban and within walking distance to downtown. The other was very small, outside the city limits in an agricultural area and had a significant number of Spanish-speaking students.
When it comes to publicizing your Mix It Up at Lunch campaign, think a little bit old school, a little bit new school—and then start thinking beyond the school.
Susan Eaton and Gina Chirichigno have been fighting social inequity for years. Everywhere they went, they heard the same thing from schools and communities struggling to break down racial and economic divisions—we need more positive examples. “Astonishingly,” says Eaton, “there were really very few stories about this type of work out there.”