has once again been recognized as a “Mix It Up Model School” for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among students and throughout the entire school during the 2011-2012 school year.
Woodland Middle School is one of 77 schools from across the country receiving the honor.
For more than a decade, "Mix It Up Day" has provided students across the country with an opportunity to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It's a simple act with profound implications as studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice.
Woodland’s Mix It Up Day, held on April 3, was a huge success. Activities were planned by the school’s SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Committee to revolve around the zodiac, during which students were seated according to their zodiac signs during lunchtime.
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They participated in scavenger hunts, word searches, raffles, and a “guess how many Skittles in a jar” contest. The success of the day could be attributed to, in part, by the assistance of 44 students in Athlete Helping Athletes and Peer Leaders programs, and 43 students in Woodland’s Peer Leaders program.
This article was taken, with permission, from the East Meadow School District's website.