The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Project recently named Palatine High School one of 63 "Mix It Up Model Schools" in the nation for its Lunchapalooza Promise event.
"The staff of Palatine's Promise are truly excited about being recognized for our three-day extravaganza, Lunchapalooza," said Eric Smith, counselor and planning committee member for Palatine's Promise. "However, one event is never enough. There are many different events, programs and activities, which are done to teach tolerance and promote a healthy school environment. We love the opportunity to be a part of them."
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The goal of Teaching Tolerance's Mix It Up at Lunch Day event was for students to sit with someone new during their lunch hour.
Lunchapalooza took that challenge to the next level, and not only had students sit with someone they don't know, but also participate in group events. Students sang karaoke, danced, performed and shared other talents for the events "Do, Don't Be Rude" theme.
In addition to participating in "Mix It Up," model schools followed an event with at least two programs or events during the school year to reinforce the organization's message of inclusion and understanding.
The next "Mix It Up Lunch Day" will take place in October.
"The best part about Lunchapalooza," said Kris Stary, family and consumer science teacher, "is when you see kids who you know don't know each other showing appreciation and support for each other."