The Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation is hosting Senior Walk events this month at each of the District’s 21 elementary schools. High school seniors, wearing full graduation regalia, are returning to their elementary school alma maters to model for the younger students the importance of staying in school and graduating. The special events are also an opportunity to celebrate this milestone accomplishment of the seniors!
Graduating seniors from Jefferson, Kennedy, and Washington high schools are participating and student reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. A few fifth graders from Hiawatha shared their thoughts following a recent Senior Walk:
- “It was awesome and our speaker was nice. I thought high school was going to be hard, but now I’m fine.” – Bibesh
- “I think those high schoolers were great role models!” – Kiera
- “I think the senior visit went well because she answered all of our questions and she was really nice. She also told us how fun high school was. I’m happy she came.” - Emily
- “I thought the Kennedy Walk was amazing. She made me less nervous for middle school and high school.” – Sydney
- “The parade was awesome! The graduate was really joyful and had good advice. She made us all not worry about high school. – Ian
“The Foundation is thrilled to bring the Senior Walk concept to Cedar Rapids,” said Karen Swanson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This program will serve to encourage our elementary aged students to focus on the importance of receiving a high school diploma, as well as provide a fun way to congratulate our seniors on a milestone accomplishment.”