This past Tuesday we asked our scholars to move out of their comfort zone at lunch and meet someone new. It may seem like a small act, but in surveys conducted by Teaching Tolerance, students identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions between social circles are most clearly drawn. At BVP, diversity is an organizational priority and we take pride in having built an educational environment where peers can come together across lines of difference. So, when we learned about Teaching Tolerance’s national campaign for Mix it Up at Lunch Day we were excited to participate. 

After having scholars participate, we asked them to share what they thought of the experience and why they thought it was important. Here’s what they had to share: 

“It’s good because we are making new friends.” -Janiya, 2nd grader

“I really liked how you get to make new friends! You don’t get a chance to play with different scholars and it’s good to meet new people.” -Jolina, 4th grader

“It was great because I got to meet someone from UConn who was shy, like me, and we got to talk about what kind of DoJo party she was going to have.” -Maria, 1st grader

“I really liked it! I was excited to sit with scholars I went to kindergarten and first grade with and haven’t gotten to talk to in a while. It was important because if you only know scholars in your classroom you don’t get to know scholars in other rooms or get to spend time together.” -Kayden, 2nd grader

“I really like Mix It Up Day because you get to sit next to a friend. Well, not actually a friend. You get to sit next to scholars you don’t know and get to make new friends and stuff.  You get to know who they are and what they like to do.” -Daniel, 3rd grader



Our scholars truly had a great time expanding upon their circle of friends. To learn more about Teaching Tolerance and their Mix it Up at Lunch Day national campaign, click here