Students at Salk Middle School in the Levittown School District recently left
their comfort zones and socialized with unfamiliar peers during Mix It Up at
nationwide have identified the cafeteria as a place where social divisions are
most clearly drawn. Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify,
question and cross social boundaries and connect with a new friend over lunch.
chair and Mix It Up advisor Maura O’Sullivan explained that many students never
take the time to introduce themselves to others who eat at the same table and
are most likely to remain within their own social circle.
“This activity is
designed to take students out of their comfort zones and have them meet other
students,” she stated.
Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students were assigned to tables according to their
birth months. They were each given an interview sheet and encouraged to talk to
their new friends about their likes and dislikes, interests and activities.
Each student was then prompted to write a sentence about their new friend on a
Olivia Quitone and Ruby Hogan explained that they had met before, but had never
really become acquainted. The girls were pleasantly surprised to find out that
they had a lot of common interests.
“Olivia has a brother and participates in
sports like me,” Ruby stated. “We will probably hang out after school now.”