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Teaching Tolerance, the educational project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has named Maywood Avenue School as a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding. Maywood Avenue School is one of 76 schools from across the country and one of only six New Jersey schools receiving the honor.
“In today’s polarized world, it’s refreshing to see schools that are doing extraordinary things to encourage students, faculty and staff to cross the social boundaries that so often divide us,” said Maureen Costello, director, Teaching Tolerance. “By recognizing these schools and calling attention to their great work, we hope that other schools will follow their lead.”
The 76 schools recognized were among the 6,000 schools that participated in Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day Program, an effort to break down the barriers between students so there are fewer misunderstandings that can lead to conflicts, bullying and harassment.
Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day program began in 2002. The 2014 Mix It Up at Lunch Day will be held Oct. 28. Many schools plan activities for the entire day, and some schools use the event to kick off a yearlong exploration of social divisions.
The exemplary schools will be recognized on the Teaching Tolerance Web site as Mix It Up Model Schools at http://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/model-schools.