Students at Hardin Valley Academy were encouraged Tuesday to eat lunch with someone they didn't know.

The goal was for students to break down the social barriers within their school as part of national "Mix it Up" day.

Students were given a color at lunch time and sat at a table with that corresponding color.

The hope was the people at their table were people they didn't know and led to new friendships.

"It really just gets everyone noticing there's other people besides them and their clique," said sophomore Grant Denton. "We want to spread awareness for anti-bullying and stuff like that. So what we really want is kids to know each other better on a more personal level."

According to, more than 6,000 schools nationwide pledged to participate in "Mix it Up."