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Fallon Middle School Students Join 10th Annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day”

October 14, 2011

Students at Fallon Middle School will join more than 2 million other students across the country to cross social and racial boundaries on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, as part of the 10th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, an event designed to foster respect and understanding in schools.

Mix It Up encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day. Many schools are planning similar barrier-busting activities throughout the day. Some use the event to kick off a yearlong exploration of social divisions.

Fallon 8th grader Grant Lemen told ASB Vice President Sean Haggerty, “I am looking forward to another year of Mix It Up Day because they change the theme and activities to where I have more opportunities to make new friends!”  “Mix It Up Day is not only a time to make new friends, but a time to get to know your current friends even better!” stated an energetic FPT Leadership student Jaylen Vistosa.

More than 5,000 schools are expected to participate in this year’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day, which is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project. Student organizers agree that Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to cross group lines and meet new people. Mix It Up also fosters school spirit and unity, raises awareness about social boundaries and helps students meet different kinds of people.

Guidance counselor Kelly Zummo organizes the annual event at Fallon.  “This is our fourth year participating in national Mix It Up at Lunch Day.  It’s one of my favorite activities of the year; we’ve even mixed it up other days of the year too, not just the one.”  Mrs. Zummo also stated, “Students need direction, they can’t be told just to sit with someone new; that’s not an easy thing to do.  Organizing a specific lunch time activity is essential.  Last year, students sat at the cafeteria tables by their birth month; so they automatically had at least one thing in common.  This, of course, brought all kinds of different kids to each table who might never sit together otherwise.  Over the course of the lunch period, they soon found out they had a lot more in common than just their birth month.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center launched Teaching Tolerance in 1991 to provide educators with free resources designed to reduce prejudice and promote respect for differences among our nation’s children. The Mix It Up program began in 2002.

  1. Aileen Parsons permalink
    October 15, 2011 9:25 am

    This is a great program for our all students at Fallon. Many thanks to our counselor, Kelly Zummo for all the energy she puts into this day! -Aileen Parsons, Principal

  2. Eddie Jo Mack permalink
    October 17, 2011 11:12 am

    I appreciate Kelly for sending me this information. Was not aware of the program.
    Keep it up.

    Eddie Jo Mack

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