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Geneva students host Tolerance Week

Published: Sunday, April 12, 2009 3:16 p.m. CDT

GENEVA - The Gay/Straight Alliance Club at Geneva High School will host several optional activities this week to promote a Week of Tolerance.

The alliance want to promote the tolerance of people who are different due to race, religion or sexual orientation.

• Monday - The Lost Boys panel discussion at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 416 McKinley Ave. A $5 fee will be charged with proceeds to go to the Lost Boys. This event is open to the entire community.

Several Sudanese displaced by the civil war in Sudan and relocated to the Tri-City area will hold a panel discussion of their experiences followed by a question-and-answer period.

• Tuesday - Tolerance Day which encourages students to wear an armband or write the word "tolerance" on their arms.

• Wednesday - Hate Crime Remembrance, where members of the Gay/Straight Alliance will represent someone who was a victim of a hate crime due to sexual orientation, race or religion. A forum will be held during lunch where students can share the details of their person's circumstance.

Flyers with pictures and biographies of hate crime victims will be available during the forum.

• Thursday - The movie "Philadelphia" will be shown after school, open to all. The movie, rated PG-13, stars Tom Hanks who sues his Philadelphia law firm after they dismiss him because he contracts AIDS. The only lawyer who will take his case is Denzel Washington.

• Friday - Day of Silence, where Gay/Straight Alliance students will remain silent and not send text messages during the school day. Students will have permission not to speak from their teachers. All students will be encouraged to wear their Gay/Straight Alliance at Geneva High School T-shirts.

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