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Sixth grade vocal majors, Alexandra Vasallo and Madeline Thron participated in Mix It Up Day were where they meet new people. “I was an outgoing person and did what many people wouldn't,” Vasallo said.

Sixth grade vocal majors, Alexandra Vasallo and Madeline Thron participated in Mix It Up Day were where they meet new people. “I was an outgoing person and did what many people wouldn't,” Vasallo said.

Lyla Ibrahim

Lyla Ibrahim

Sixth grade vocal majors, Alexandra Vasallo and Madeline Thron participated in Mix It Up Day were where they meet new people. “I was an outgoing person and did what many people wouldn't,” Vasallo said.

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Mix it Up Day was held on Dec. 1 outside and in the media center
during all lunches, to help students meet new friends.

“The point of Mix It Up Day was to get students to talk to new people, make new friends, and break down social barriers,” Summer Bendfelt, guidance counselor, and Mix It up Day coordinator, said.

Mix it Up Day gave students in sixth and seventh grade a chance to sit outside. While eighth grade ate in the media center. All grades got to participate in this event.

“I loved meeting new people that I did not know in my major. I got to meet new people I’ve never seen before,”
Alexandra Vasallo, sixth grade, vocal major said.

Students in sixth and seventh grade got a colored sticker and went to the table that had that color, while eighth graders were in the media center.

“It was nerve-wracking because you were not sure what it was going to be like, and if there were going to be nice people at the table,” Madeleine Thron sixth grade vocal major, said.

For students to get to know each other they played a game where they were asked a question and they went around in a circle and learned different things about each other.

“We went around in a circle and told things about ourselves and we made sure not to exclude anyone,” Vasallo said.

According to, www.tolerance.org, Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

“Sometimes students stick with their own cliques,” Bendfelt said, “Some students might feel uncomfortable and do not know who to sit with at lunch. Mix it Up Day helps students be more welcome and connect.”

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