How did you choose your seat in the lunch room on the first day of school? Did your group of friends save you a seat at there table? Did you have a few different options to choose from? Or did you walk in and feel like there was no where for you to sit?
Many kids have already found their group of good friends, but some might still be feeling left out. Schools work very hard to make sure their students are in a safe, inclusive environment where they feel welcome and respected and where they feel they have friends and a place to sit at lunch.
National Mix it Up Day, a day dedicated to breaking social circles and encouraging kids to make new friends, is coming up Tuesday October 18! This is a day where students mix it up in the cafeteria and sit at a different table with a different group of people. Schools might also do other activities throughout the day to get kids working together.
The goal of Mix it Up Day is help kids branch out and get to know people they might not have chosen to otherwise. It is a chance for students to break through social boundaries, overcome prejudices and learn tolerance – recognizing and respecting others for their differences. It is a chance for you to learn something new about someone and make a bunch of new friends.
If you ever feel different or find it hard to make new friends, you are not alone. A lot of New Moon Girls have asked for advice with these tough issues. Some girls have felt that they are treated differently because of their religion. Others are shy or just have a hard time making friends. Others have found themselves left out by girls they were friends with before. What kind of advice would you give to these girls? Do you find yourself in a similar situation?
This is the 10th year for national Mix it Up Day, and many schools have found it to be a powerful tool for change. Last year over 4 million students participated, and as of now there are almost 1,900 schools signed up!
If you want to promote friendship and respect in your school, talk to your teachers about participating in Mix it Up Day. With the help of a parent, you can even find free posters, or pictures to put on your own, to advertise to your school and community the importance of tolerance!
Would you participate in Mix it Up Day if your school did it? What else could you do to promote respect and new friendships in your school?
New Moon Intern