The student team had hoped to engage the school in National Mix It Up Day — a nation-wide call for action that asks students across the country to move out of their predictable routines and comfort zones by choosing to sit with someone new in the cafeteria during lunch period. But their good intentions were thwarted when school was cancelled on the day of the event due to Hurricane Sandy. The group is hoping to hold its own rescheduled version of Mix It Up Day some time this month.
The goal is for students to begin recognizing the common threads they share with people who are not in their normal circle of friends, Lay said.
“I started the peer-training program to create an environment where diversity is welcome and bullying is not accepted,” Lay said. “I always tell my students what counts are the decisions made when adults aren’t looking — those are the moments that count for character.”
In 2010, Lay continued her education by earning a doctorate of education in educational leadership online from University of Phoenix.
Each year, the university’s Alumni Association “celebrates alumni who are making a difference and giving back to their communities. This acknowledgement recognizes graduates for their efforts to better the communities in which they live and work,” the press says.