As part of the activity, each table in the cafeteria had a sign that colored either red, green, blue or orange. As students came in for lunch, they each selected a Wildcat paw of one of those colors. This told them where they would sit.
“We’re trying to break down walls,” said middle school teacher Debra Jenkins, who organized the day with Vicki Likens.
Jenkins said that this was the third year the school had participated in the activity, which is promoted by the Web site www.tolerance.org. She said it didn’t occur last year, but that she was glad that the new principal, James Mangels, was in favor of it.
Mangels said the activity had caused quite a stir in the cafeteria, making things a bit noisier and lively than usual. He said that was a good thing, though, because it meant the kids were responsive to it.
“Any time you change the routine, things can be a bit trying,” Mangels said. “But it’s about building relationships with other kids and it’s an opportunity to do something new. If it’s for the kids, we’ll try it.”
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