The students in Mrs. Repay’s Conversations on Race classes participated in a two-day exchange with Danbury High School’s Multicultural Issues class in an effort to see how similar and how different the two schools are. Forty-one students from the two classes participated in this field trip.

On Monday, December 5, 2011, students from Newtown High School traveled to Danbury High School. While at DHS, the NHS students shadowed the DHS students in their classes. DHS students then traveled to NHS on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Students from DHS shadowed students from NHS to all of their classes to see what the similarities and differences between an urban, diverse school would be in comparison to a suburban school that has limited diversity.

NHS and DHS students got to experience each other’s schools and came to the conclusion that the two schools share more similarities than differences. The students concluded that the stereotypes that they held prior to their shadowing day were nothing more than stereotypes. The problem with stereotypes, the students concluded, was applying them to everyone. Because of this exchange students at both Newtown High School and Danbury High School have learned not to judge a book by its cover.

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