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Program aims to make transition to high school easier for studentsSubmitted: 02/28/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson


MINOCQUA - We remember our first day of high school.

The nerves, maybe feeling awkward.

One local high school wants students to avoid feeling that way on their first day of school.

Lakeland Union High School hosts Student Connections programs.

Students from the four feeder, K-8 schools visit the high school twice each year.

They begin the program in the fourth grade.

"When we formulate teams in fourth grade, then what we do is intend that that same team is together so that they transition through each of those grade levels and then at the high school, that is their homeroom in the high school. So they have been with each other and really bonded, formed friendships from 4th grade on through various activities," explained LUHS Director of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Faye DeMarte.

Friday, 7th graders from the district met to do team building activities.

The activities focused on career exploration.

Current high school students lead the groups.

"It really helps to have a support system when you first come in, because everyone thinks that they're going to eat lunch in the bathrooms and having people you know are going to help you is great," said Student Facilitator Evelyn Johnson.

The school hosts more programs for 8th graders to get them ready for the transition to high school.

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