WESTWOOD, N.J. -- The high school in Westwood is one of five in the state named as a 2015-16 "Mix It Up Model School" by Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program.
Westwood Regional School District's Junior/Senior High School is one of 91 schools nationwide to earn the honor.
The Mix It Up Model Schools model asks that schools embrace and respect inclusiveness as core values — and they "mix it up" all year.
Schools named have done an exemplary job of organizing, publicizing, and implementing a recent Mix It Up at Lunch Day. By sharing their recipes for success, Model Schools are beacons for other schools striving for inclusiveness.
Students took a pledge in the weeks leading up to the Mix It Up event, sponsored by Westwood’s National Junior Honor Society, and committed to participating and connecting with peers they didn’t know.
An icebreaker activity a few days before their official Mix It Up Lunch got them ready to meet their commitment. Students reflected on their experiences later via the school’s Mix blog, and from their comments, the event was a huge success.