Seniors Walk to Auditorium Amid Cheers From Elementary Students
As Sperry seniors, dressed in their graduation caps and gowns, walked to the Awards Assembly in the Auditorium on Thursday, May 11, they were met with a hail of cheers and applause from fellow students. However, this shower of praises came from a somewhat unexpected set of admirers—Sperry Elementary students. As they exited Sperry High School, they found both sides of the sidewalk from that door to the entrance of the Auditorium lined with elementary students cheering, clapping, and high-fiving the seniors.
Seniors shook hands, waved, and high-fived members of the crowd from high school doors to Auditorium doors. “They made it a parade route,” one senior later said. “Graduation is a special time for us, but this made it even more meaningful.”
Sperry Elementary Assistant Principal Mrs. Traci Taylor noted this honor given to the seniors was also a teachable moment elementary teachers used for their students. “We wanted our students to show these graduates that they have made a positive difference for many of the younger students," she said,” and at the same time show the elementary students what they are working towards.”
“Like most schools, our elementary students look up to the older students,” Elementary teacher Mrs. Angie Reimer said. “Several of the seniors had come down to the elementary to be mentors. I think it’s wonderful these kids get the chance to return a little of the kindness that was shown to them.”
“Time and again I am reminded what a great community we have here,” Sperry Superintendent Dr. Brian Beagles said. “From pre-kindergarten to high school graduates, they support each other. For several years, high school students have gone to the elementary and read to students, tutored them, and encouraged them. I am glad they took this opportunity to show their appreciation and support.”