October 27, 2015, will mark the 14th year of Mix It Up at Lunch Day. That’s 14 years of improving intergroup relations, reducing prejudice and having a ton of fun in schools across the country. Have you registered to make your school one of them?
If you need a mantra to help you wrap your mind around preparing for Mix, let it be this: Don’t plan Mix It Up at Lunch Day alone. Call in some reinforcements—and look beyond the usual suspects. If you’re going to ask your students to mix it up, you should get out of your comfort zone and meet some new people too!
Mix planning is a great opportunity to create relationships with colleagues in other grade levels, subject areas or departments. And don’t forget to enlist administrators, office staff and cafeteria workers—this is a lunch event after all!
Here are some tips for getting started:
- Find four. Invite a minimum of four people to an initial planning lunch. Begin with at least two teachers from departments or grade levels other than your own. Then invite at least one administrator and a couple of folks from the cafeteria.
- Maintain an air of mystery. “I have an idea I want to talk to you about. Can you come to lunch with me to discuss it?”
- Get away for a while. Meet in a location where you can talk without distraction.
- Break the ice. Use these Mix It Up icebreakers to get the group comfortable with each other.
- Get ‘em in the mix. Make an announcement: “I want our entire school to do what we just did!”
- Spell out the details. Tell them all about Mix It Up at Lunch Day, set for October 27.
- Assemble your team. Ask each staff member to commit some time and energy to helping you plan this year’s Mix event. They may know other colleagues who would be perfect for the planning committee. You’ve just created your core group!
While you’re on a roll, enlist parent organizations, local sports teams and community groups that interact with your school. Organizers who have “mixed it up” themselves will be the best models for students when the big day arrives.
Meanwhile, stay connected to the Mix It Up community through Mix It Up blog posts, Facebook, Twitter (use #MixLunch!) and online resources. And see how our Model Schools have consistently made their Mix events successful. With the support of the Mix community, your school community can plan and carry out a great campaign.