High School Can be Roller Coaster Ride for Many Kids

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

Seniors Paul Karaffa and Chris Burris normally eat their lunch together. But, Tuesday, they're having lunch with strangers.

Paul sat next to Mary, and Chris ate with Josh, a freshman. It's all apart of the Mix it Up at Lunch, an event put on push tolerance and understanding among students.

"We are just trying to get kids to mix up and get new friends and sit with new kids for one day," says Jonathan Swartz. Swartz, a senior at Lee, and his leadership class out the event together. IT starts with students receiving colors.

Then at lunch they must eat with others who have same color.

"There are certain types of clicks we have here, we have kids who do sports and cheerleading. It's hard to go from group to group and try to hang out with people," says Swartz.

And, for Chris and Josh, being pushed outside of the norm, may have led to a new friendship. Chris says they both plan on hanging out together.

Last year, more than 3,000 schools around the country participated in the event.

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