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Pasco 8th graders head back to class early to welcome new kids on campus

Pasco 8th graders head back to class early to welcome new kids on campus

PASCO, Wash. -- Heading back to school is an exciting, but nerve racking day for the new kids on campus.

Action News learned about a program in the Pasco School District that makes the first day a little easier.

A number of 8th grade students at Stevens Middle School headed back to class a day early Tuesday just to help the 7th graders on their first day on campus.

These volunteers held an assembly for newcomers, answered their questions and walked them to their first class.

Student leaders tell Action News it's an opportunity they couldn't pass up, especially having walked in the same shoes two years ago.

“I remember I was so nervous I couldn't sleep before the first day of school but then after the first day of school but after the first day of school I was so excited it was really fun,” said Osmar Villa, adding “I’m happy to help.”

Seventh graders can also find comfort in knowing that these upperclassman plan on being there to lend a hand all year long.

This transformation isn't just rewarding for these eighth graders, Principal Charlotte Stingley say's it's these experiences that brought her back to Stevens Middle School where she too walked the halls as a student.

“It's incredibly heartwarming for me,” said Stingley, adding “One comment to a kid changes the course of their life and I think part of the reason I wanted to come back here as principal because I had a very similar experience.”


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