Amador Valley HS Recognized for Inclusion Efforts
Designated "Mix It Up Model School" by the Southern Poverty Law Center
By Nicole Zhang / Amador Student SEED Leader
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named Amador Valley High 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.
Amador Valley High School is among 76 schools in the nation to receive the honor. AVHS is one of four schools recognized in California and one of nine high schools recognized nationwide.
“We commend Amador Valley High 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 all serve as great examples of how a school—any school—can cultivate these values among their students, faculty and staff.”
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.
The Mix It Up Model Schools, including Amador Valley High School, met several criteria. They each hosted a Mix it Up at Lunch Day during the 2016-17 school year, included different members of the school’s community—cafeteria staff, administrators, teachers and students—in organizing the event, publicized the event, and celebrated inclusiveness with posters, announcements and other media. Furthermore, their Mix It Up at Lunch Day was seen by students and school officials as a success.