Emery ES students’ lunch activity inspires new connections

December 7, 2016

Emery Elementary School fifth-grade students Romy Swisa, left, and Valeria Pequeño sit together during “Mix It Up at Lunch” day on Nov. 16.
Emery Elementary School fifth-grade students Romy Swisa, left, and Valeria Pequeño sit together during “Mix It Up at Lunch” day on Nov. 16. 

Dec. 7, 2016—Students at Emery Elementary School helped the campus maintain its No Place for Hate designation by sitting next to different classmates in the cafeteria during “Mix It Up at Lunch” day on Nov. 16.

Emery has been a No Place for Hate campus since 2013. Sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, No Place for Hate is a program that helps create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual differences.

Emery fifth-grade students Charles Herman, left, and Willie Oliver enjoy the “Mix It Up at Lunch” activity.
Emery fifth-grade students Charles Herman, left, and Willie Oliver enjoy the “Mix It Up at Lunch” activity. 

To maintain NPFH status, schools must complete three activities each year to earn a star for the NPFH banner. A coalition of Emery fifth-grade students helped promote No Place for Hate and “Mix It Up at Lunch” by making posters announcing the special lunch day.

Kindergarten through fifth grades participated in the annual lunch, as they were assigned to numbered tables as they exited the lunch line. Each table included conversation starters that helped students begin a conversation with their new friends.

Emery fifth-grade students Kamyra McCray, left, and Cristiah Somoray ask each other questions to get to know one another better during “Mix It Up at Lunch.”
Emery fifth-grade students Kamyra McCray, left, and Cristiah Somoray ask each other questions to get to know one another better during “Mix It Up at Lunch.”

“I think ‘Mix It Up at Lunch’ is fun because you get to meet new people and make more friends,” said one of the Emery students who participated.

Emery fifth-grade student Isaiah Faniel, left, responds to a question from classmate Autrevia Wilson during “Mix It Up at Lunch.”
Emery fifth-grade student Isaiah Faniel, left, responds to a question from classmate Autrevia Wilson during “Mix It Up at Lunch.”

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