Members of the Biddeford High School civil rights club enjoy a meal featuring foods from different cultures. GRACE LAVERRIERE/Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — The members of Biddeford High School’s civil rights club are leaders for inclusivity and equality in the hallways.

Every month, the club hosts “Eater-Action” events to promote interaction between students and eating food from multiple cultures.

“The Eater-Action, or eating and interaction events reach out to many students,” said civil rights co-advisor Jon Edstrom. “It’s a great way to promote equality in the school.”

Equality for every student is the goal for every member of the club.

“All of (the members) support each other’s individuality,” said BHS junior Mikayla Titus. “We see our differences as strengths.”

The club hosts these Eater-Action events to create a more inclusive school environment. This promotes embracing originality and reaching out to many students despite differences.

“Being apart of the civil rights team lets me know I’m not alone and I can be myself,” BHS freshman Belinda Twahirwa said.

The civil rights club is meaningful to those involved.

“It means a lot (to me) because it allows everyone to feel welcomed,” said Titus. “We just treat everyone like a human being.”

The civil rights mission has a statewide reach.

“The attorney general’s office provides some funding that allows middle and high schools to run these types of clubs,” Edstrom said.

The club’s newest task involves reaching out to the local Jewish community to show their support after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“This club gives me an outlet for activism,” said BHS senior Saiyje Davis. “So far, we have made a bulletin board that’s a tribute to the victims (of the shooting).”

Overall, the civil rights team has one task: bring the students of BHS together to improve the community.

“We always try to find ways to improve the culture of the school by making it more inclusive,” Edstrom said.

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