For the second year in a row, the Locust Valley Intermediate School’s Principal’s Leadership Council held an event to welcome the incoming third graders to their new school.

The members of the Principal’s Leadership Council carefully planned a carnival and provided tours to current second graders and their parents. As the third, fourth and fifth graders showed them the cafeteria, library, music rooms and more, they also answered questions about what it is like to go to school at Locust Valley Intermediate School. Although these students are only moving across the street, it can be intimidating and this student-centered orientation makes it easier.

“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 understand what the incoming children really want to know. 

Following the tours, members of the Leadership Council brought their guests into the gymnasium for the carnival.  The older students ran the carnival, showing the younger children that LVI can be a fun place. They even had a fortune telling booth, where questions could be asked about their futures at LVI. 

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, now in its second year.