“I was gone the second day, but the first day was so much fun!” Senior Emily Carey confirmed. “Honestly they learned so quickly and really enjoyed interacting with the high school students. They really look up to us, and that made us all feel really good.”
Each high school student was introduced to a group of three or four younger students. Together that group would tackle a survey containing information that the fourth graders had previously collected. The high school students would help the elementary students find different sets of statistics on their survey and create different charts and graphs to show the information visually.
The classes consisted of about seventy students from Ms. Brittain and Ms. Hyatt’s classes. The students got out their crayons to color the graphs, and showed a lot of interest in what they were being taught.
“The kids had so much fun at recess. They were so excited to play kickball and tag, and run around on the play equipment!” said Senior Sarah Gustofson. “It was kind of weird going to recess again for the first time in six years. It was freezing outside but the kids didn’t mind at all. They grabbed our hands and lead us to the swings.”
Mr. Wells expressed great gratitude to his high school students the next monday, saying that he was so proud of them and how he could really see how much the Franklin students appreciated them. He said that after all the bad publicity BHS got earlier in the year, he was proud of the high schoolers for making the younger kids see that the high school can be a positive place.