***There will be no playing on the black top until everyone is done eating.***
Students consistently identify the lunch tables as a place in their school where divisions are clearly—and harshly—drawn. We ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications that we encourage educators to include in year-round efforts to promote healthy, welcoming school environments. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.