New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West Seniors Do Traditional Walk Through Elementary Schools
They did it!
They survived high school and are soon to graduate.
But the Seniors of New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West Highs Schools never forget where they came from.
To cheers and applause, 400 seniors walked the hallways of the district's elementary schools.
In what can only be described as one of the most endearing traditions we've seen in our years of broadcasting, the upper classmen took time for a wave or a handshake. Or simply made eye contact with a youngster who responded with a broad smile.
This is a big deal getting a high five from a senior.
And yet, CBS 58 News discovered the grads got just as much out of it.
"It was an amazing experience," said senior Hannah Giammarsco. "This time of year, we're kind of reflecting on how we got here and the things that led up to our graduation."
"I even babysit some kids who go here," added senior Natalie Sims. "When they saw me and I was able to tap their hand a little bit. It brought the biggest smile to my face. I'm so grateful to have this experience with my community."
Inspired by actions of students in the Van Independent School District in Texas, the New Berlin School District graduating classes put on their caps and gowns for the event.
Approximately 400 seniors spent the days visiting Elmwood, Orchard Lane, Poplar Creek and Ronald Reagan Elementary schools.
The hope is elementary students will be inspired to someday be like the students they see walking before them next week, to instill an importance in the graduation process and to motivate students to strive for success during their years in the district.