Roach Middle School

Roach Celebrates Diversity and Individual Differences

May 12, 2015

Frisco ISD's Roach Middle School recently took the opportunity to engage students in a powerful lesson regarding diversity.

Students and staff discussed the fact that diversity is not just about the color of our skin, it includes all of the things that make each of us different: nationality, language, race, socioeconomic status, religion, education, national origin, political affiliation, disability, occupation, life experiences, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, family structure and more.

The message was that everyone is unique and has their own stories, but collectively are part of one world, one community, one school.

Each student traced their hand on a sheet of paper and then decorated their hand with images that represent who they are as an individual. They were all combined on a bulletin board with the words "We Should Accept Differences Until Differences Make No Difference," which had a big visual impact on all those who attended the school’s Spring Open House. 

The activity was part of YOLO or “Your Opportunity to Lead Others," a time when students and staff meet to discuss hot topic issues like bullying, character improvement and diversity.