The “Lunch Hours Against Hate” program encourages schools and workplaces to commit to utilizing twelve lunch hours each year — just one per month — to foster greater understanding and respect across lines of difference. Hours Against Hate can help facilitate these connections through connecting your organization with a public speaker, discussion questions or ideas and logistics for a field trip or office outing.
LUNCH HOURS AGAINST HATE
A group of my 4th, 5th and 6th grade students are a part of a social justice group called Serve 2 Unite (S2U). S2U was created in response to the white supremacist shooting/hate-crime at the Sikh Temple. S2U is a platform for students to use their critical thinking skills to collaborate and empower other youth, and adults, to create sustainable change in our community. Our students participated in an Hours Against Hate Luncheon with S2U students from other schools and walked away with budding friendships and an expanded view of the Milwaukee community. During the Luncheon, Hours Against Hate facilitated a conversation between the 60 students from a variety of neighborhoods throughout our city. It is only through meaningful conversations and healthy exposure to the unknown that will heal the racist roots of our city. Hours Against Hate truly honors their mission statement in promoting listening skills, dismantling bias and promoting inclusive school climate as well as ensuring schools are continuing the dialogues and conversations beyond the luncheons.Thanks to an Hours Against Hate grant, I am thrilled to announce our students will be participating in multiple “Hours Against Hate Luncheons” with other Milwaukee Montessori schools to build community, and friendships, leading up to the student-powered 7th Annual Peace Summit.
EMILY SCHUBOT, M.Ed. / SCHOOL SUPPORT TEACHER
LLOYD BARBEE MONTESSORI SCHOOL / MILWAUKEE, WI