Schools Tries to Avoid Cliques

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Kinawa Middle School in Okemos is participating in Mix It Up Day. It's a day aimed at teaching tolerance and guarding against cliques.

Kids at lunchtime will spend the time sitting with other students outside their normal social circles. School officials say cliques become a problem when they exclude others from the group.

Students spent the lunch hour talking and meeting with other students, in some cases, for the first time. Students say it's nice to meet new people, but they say it probably won't last.

School officials say they hope kids will start to say hi to others in the halls they normally wouldn't communicate with and maybe start new classroom relationships.