Shorewood Intermediate School (SIS) was recently named a Mix It Up Model School by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among students. SIS is one of 63 schools throughout the country to receive the honor.
For more than a decade, Mix It Up Day has given students from across the country a chance to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new at lunch. While this may seem like a simple act, many studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. Last year, more than 3,000 schools throughout America took part in the event.
SIS hosted its Mix It Up at Lunch on October 29, 2012. As part of the day, all SIS students watched a video about natural vs. drug-induced highs. After watching the video, every student filled out a survey listing his or her natural highs. The results of this survey were then used to group students by natural highs together on Mix It Up at Lunch Day, giving students to opportunity to meet others with shared interests. Faculty and staff members also participated. The event was coordinated and organized by SIS physical education teacher Jan Zehren.