Some South Central High School students are starting to spend part of one day a month at the South Central Grade School in Kinmundy.
It’s part of the High Five Friday program that will be held the first Friday of each month.
South Central Elementary Principal Sara Rose was amazed at the interaction and called it a very valuable experience.
“Last Friday was our first time implementing this and it was great for our younger kids to interact with our high school students. They came and ate breakfast with our younger kids, on the playground and greeting our school. So for our kids to have someone to look up to, to have a mentor, its been a great sense of belonging to our kids in the district.”
High School Principal Jamie VanScyoc says the idea was brought to him by the baseball and volleyball coaches.
“The first round was our varsity baseball and volleyball players. They went down in their uniforms to just kind of a way so those kids recognize when they came in what sport they played. Since then there’s been a lot of other groups and organizations in the high school that have expressed interest like FFA, FBLA, band, and chorus to go down there and just spend some time with those kids.”
All levels at the grade school from Pre-K to fifth grade were involved. Superintendent Kerry Herdes commended the principals on working together and told the school board on Wednesday night to expect to see more innovative programs between the three buildings.
South Central High School this year is starting a 1st Fast Friday program where students with no grades lower than a “C” and with all work completed are allowed to be dismissed at 1:30 one time a month to leave the campus or participate in activities. VanScyoc says 80 percent of the students qualified. He noted about half of those who didn’t qualify promised it
wouldn’t happen again as they also wanted out of school early.