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Chatham Central CARE has workshops to promote Cultural Awareness Week

Posted Thursday, March 16, 2006

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Bear Creek, NC - On March 14, the Committee for the Advancement of Respect and Equality (CARE) at Chatham Central High School met with Thomas Barksdale to discuss issues in understanding and diversity.

This was the second day of workshops that CARE took part in with Thomas; previously, the group viewed the film Crash and used the conflicts presented in the movie as a catalyst for discussion. CARE members began working toward understanding each other by first understanding themselves and their individual personality types.

During the second meeting, students took the information they learned at the first meeting a step further by challenging the stereotypes that different groups apply to each other. The four groups, Orange, Green, Gold, and Blue, all have strengths and weaknesses that define who they are. Students learned that personality differences can lead to friction between people, and these difficulties can be overcome by first understanding one another, and then by truly listening to each other's opinions and perceptions of the world.

CARE's purpose at Chatham Central is to promote the acceptance of all people, no matter what race, creed, or “type” defines them. The time CARE spent working with Thomas helped widen each student's world view, and it is the hope of the CARE advisors that members will carry this learning to the larger school population.

In celebration of this and Chatham County's Cultural Awareness Week, CARE is promoting a second “Mix It Up” at lunch day, where students are encouraged to sit with new and different people during their lunch periods. Students will also be welcome to identify what personality type they are, and understand a little bit more about who they are as people and how this affects their perception of the world.

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