Students recently walking into the cafeteria knew right away that this lunch would not be a typical Thursday lunch.
For starters, Christmas music greeted them as they walked through the doors. They were then presented with a card by students dressed like reindeer, and encouraged to find their assigned table for the meal. It was a Mix-It-Up Lunch.
Mix-It-Up Lunch was created by the Mosaic Diversity Club at CCHS.
“We have hosted a variety of programs to improve diversity awareness for our students,” said Mosaic sponsor Cristin Lenters. “This experience helps students embrace the diversity within our school.”
Students were given a card directing them to a corresponding table in the cafeteria. The random assignment guaranteed that any given table would be a mix of grades, gender, ethnicity and social groups.
“It is pretty easy to stay in your social bubble for four years. Mix-It-Up Lunch helps students get to know new people,” said Mosaic President, Kyla Mitchell.
To ensure that everyone had something to talk about, cups filled with holiday-themed questions were on every table. A volunteer leader at each table made sure everyone was introduced and had a chance to answer the questions. Many teachers also participated and were randomly assigned a table.
“We focus on community as a school. This lunch helps people get connected and have a little fun before Christmas,” said Mitchell.
—Submitted by Chicago Christian High School