Heading to a new school for third grade can be scary and students can often have a lot of questions about where they are going. The Principal’s Leadership Council at Locust Valley Intermediate School found a way to make the transition from primary school to intermediate school just a little bit easier.

Members of the Leadership Council held an orientation and carnival at LVI to welcome the incoming third graders and to show them around the school.  Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades gave tours to the current second graders and their families. They showed them everything from the cafeteria to the music, computer, and art rooms.

“Getting a tour from the students made them feel special,” said LVE Assistant Principal Amy Watson. “They look up to children older than they are and they had the opportunity to hear about LVI from their peers.” Mrs. Watson added that the students are often the best ones to answer questions, as they know what the incoming children really want to know.

Following the tours, the members of the Leadership Council held a carnival, manning the booths so the younger children could see that LVI can be a fun place. From face painting and tattoos, to bowling, miniature golf, and sack races, everyone had a great time.

Mrs. Watson said the event was beneficial for all involved. “The older students gained leadership experience and the younger students now feel more comfortable about coming to a new school in the fall.”

Mrs. Watson advises the Leadership Council, which was started this year as a new initiative developed during Site Based Committee meetings at LVI.

Click on the slide show below to view photos from this event.