Members of the Muslim Student Association at Vernon Hills High School in Illinois have found a new method to promote acceptance of their religion in the public school.
According to Daily Herald, the group hosted a "Walk a Mile in Her Hijab" event that encouraged non-Muslim female students to wear head coverings and be educated about its purpose and other aspects of Islam.
Muslim Student Association president Yaseem Abdallah explained, "You can't really understand or judge a person and their beliefs until you understand why they do it and what it's like for them to do what they're doing. This event is to hopefully denounce negative stereotypes."
17 non-Muslim girls participated in the event, and students and teachers were encouraged to ask about their hijabs' religious meaning.
Charli Mosley was one of the students who participated.
Wearing a hijab, she said, "With more people wearing a hijab around school, it could bring more acceptance to the religion and have more people become more aware."
Principal Jon Guillaume was highly supportive of the event.
"I think this is an opportunity for our kids to embrace the Muslim community within the school. For other kids outside of this organization, to understanding what it's like for these girls to walk through our halls in this garment in a way that stands out from other kids. So, I'm proud of them."
Do you think this school would ever promote a "carry around a Bible" day to help students understand and respect what it's like to be a Christian in today's public schools?