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Junior high students “Mix It Up”

DCHS Journalism

November 04, 2017

Like most people, junior high students are creatures of habit and sit at the same spot at lunch everyday – the same table with the same people.  But last week, the junior high student council encouraged the seventh and eighth grade students to “mix it up” at lunch.

Mix It Up Day” is an international campaign that encourages students to identify and cross social boundaries. Millions of students around the world participate in Mix It Up at Lunch Day, which is held on the last Tuesday of each October.

“It’s a way for different students to interact with each other to build a stronger junior high,” said Tim Breth, junior high Student Council sponsor.

Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly—and harshly—drawn. So we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch.

Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

“I liked [Mix it Up Day] because you get to know about each other a little more,” said 7th grader Breyana Gehring.

Mr. Breth labeled the cafeteria tables with numbers and then wrote a number on each student’s hand as he/she went through the lunch line.

“Some kids love ‘mix it up day’ while others hate it,” said Mr. Breth.  “Regardless, I think it’s good to get the kids out of their comfort zone and talk with peers they don’t normally talk with.”

Gage Scott was one of the eighth graders who didn’t like “Mix It Up” day.  “I don’t need to meet new people,” said Gage. Logan Koger also didn’t like mixing with different students. “I like sitting with my friends,” said Logan.

Logan Hayward liked the experience.  “It is something different, and we get to know people better,” said Logan.

Corbin Wessel also liked the idea.  “I liked it because I got to sit by people that I don’t normally sit by,” said Corbin.

Mr. Breth said that they will probably mix things up at lunch again, probably in the spring.

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