Registration is open for Mix It Up at Lunch Day 2012, which is set for October 30th.
The event, sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program, encourages students across the nation to challenge and cross social boundaries by sitting with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day.
"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common. It can be an important step toward creating schools where bullying and harassment don't thrive."
Cafeterias are the focus of Mix It Up because that's where a school's social boundaries are most obvious. Breaking down these barriers can help reduce bullying, an issue that has received national attention following a string of bullying-related suicides in recent years.