Target: American Family Association
Goal: Support well established program which helps prevent bullying on school grounds
The Southern Poverty Law Center created a program 11 years ago that was intended to break up cliques and prevent bullying within schools. In more than 2,500 schools around the country, school children are being taught to Mix It Up at Lunch and encouraged to hang out with someone they normally might not. However, this year all that changed when an email was sent to parents from the American Family Association, a conservative evangelical group, calling the project, “a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools.”
As a result of the email sent by the Association, a handful of schools have cancelled this year’s event and organizers of the program have been caught off guard. The director of the center’s Teaching Tolerance project, Maureen Costello, stated, “I was surprised that they completely lied about what Mix It Up Day is. It was a cynical, fear-mongering tactic.”
Leaders of the association have called the law center which supports the program, a hate group for oppressing Christian students and claiming its aim is to shut down groups that oppose homosexuality. Regardless, the event to break bullying barriers and build friendliness in school cafeterias should be supported on every level. The children need clarity and support in promoting positive programs such as this to establish peace.
The American Family Association should support the schools on board to diminish school bullying. In a time when bullying is increasing worldwide, every effort should be made to rid the schools of such violence. Demand that the American Family Association put their ideas of what the program is supposedly intended for aside and look at the bigger picture of establishing overall peace for the children of the future.
Dear American Family Association,
I urge you to support the efforts made to combat school bullying in schools throughout the country. This 11 year old program called ‘Mix It Up Day,’ has been designed to establish overall peace for the children by breaking down barriers of bullying on every level. It is important to look at the bigger picture today on the reason behind Mix It Up Day at lunch. The increasing amount of violence with bullying worldwide calls for the support of programs such as this that teach children how to peacefully co-exist with one aother.
Regardless of what you believe the program to be intended for, please take into consideration the amount of positive change that is being instilled in the mindset of these children. The more than 2,500 schools who support this Mix It Up Day at lunch deserve your support in order to create a brighter future. In a child’s mind the speculative reasoning behind establishing such a program does not exist.
[Your Name Here]
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