For the second year in a row, Kingston Middle School has been named a "Mix it Up Model School" by Teaching Tolerance!
Kingston Middle School is among the 76 Mix-it-Up Model Schools in the nation, and one of four in Washington.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named Kingston Middle School as a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus during the 2016-17 school year.
“We commend Kingston Middle School for finding innovative ways to create environments where respect and inclusiveness are core values,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “Though Model Schools vary in size and demographics, they serve as great examples of how a school - any school - can cultivate these values among their students, faculty and staff.”
So what is “Mix-it-Up at Lunch”?
The Teaching Tolerance program has hosted Mix It Up at Lunch Day for the past 15 years to help students demonstrate the importance of respecting each other’s differences.
Mix It Up at Lunch Day is a simple call to action. By asking students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch, the event encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
At Kingston Middle School, students in the WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) mentorship program and LEO (Leadership Experience Opportunity) Club planned and hosted the school wide Mix-it-Up at Lunch day with support from school administrators, custodial department, food services and the staff.
How KMS became a model school
To become a model school, Kingston Middle School had to meet The Mix It Up Model Schools five criteria: They hosted a Mix it Up at Lunch Day during the 2016-17 school year; they included different members of the school’s community—cafeteria staff, aides, administrators, teachers and students—in organizing the event; they followed up with at least two additional Mix It Up-related programs or events on campus; they publicized Mix It Up at Lunch Day or celebrated inclusiveness with posters, announcements and other media; and their event was seen by students and school officials as a success.