All your planning is about to pay off! On Tuesday, you will join thousands of schools across the country—and abroad!—in celebrating Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Thank you for being part of this important community.
It may seem counterintuitive, but take some time now to think about the days after your Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Over the 15 years we’ve been mixing it up, our research has shown that scheduling a couple of follow-up events allows Mix to have a deeper impact on your school. You and your core group of organizers put a lot of effort into this. Make sure you get the most value out of your event all year long.
No need to do much detailed planning right now: You have plenty on your plate for the next several days! Just remember to talk with your key organizers (maybe during a quick post-Mix meeting), and bring up some of these ideas later in the year:
- A second lunch event in the winter or spring
- A community-improvement project in the neighborhood with “mixed up” work teams
- A formal study of the social boundaries and divisions at your school
- A mural capturing the spirit of Mix It Up at Lunch Day
- A community showing of the Teaching Tolerance film Bullied
We can’t wait to hear about how your day goes. Share with us via email, Facebook or Twitter (using #MixLunch). If you have permission from your students and their families, we’d love to see and share pictures and videos!
If things go really well at your school, now is a good time to consider applying to be a Mix It Up Model School so others can learn from your success. The application will open in January 2017. Check out how last year’s Model Schools made their events so successful.
The community of educators here at Teaching Tolerance would like to give you our sincerest thanks for all of your hard work. Without people like you, there would be no Mix It Up at Lunch event. We’ll be thinking about you on Tuesday!