Seniors Visit Their Old Schools
About 50 members of the Rockland High School Class of 2016 visited each of Rockland’s elementary schools on Tuesday, May 31. The seniors walked down to Memorial Park School after visiting the Rogers Middle School. After being greeted by the school children and some of their former teachers at Memorial Park School, they boarded a bus and traveled to Jefferson Elementary where they processed once again through the halls, the cafeteria and the playground. The final stop was Esten Elementary where they were applauded by the school children as they visited the cafeteria, the gym, and the playground and walked the halls that many of them had once walked in their early days of school.
RHS Asst. Principal, Kathy Paulding, said, “This event serves two unique purposes. For the younger students in the district who look up to our student athletes, or have them as a baby sitter, or are related to them, the walk serves as another way for them to see what their hard work can lead to. The goal was to inspire the younger students to strive to wear the cap and gown in the future. The other benefit of the walk is for our seniors to reflect on where they started this journey and to walk the halls of the elementary and middle schools again and remember how long they have worked for this goal and take pride in the accomplishment.”
Haley Macray was one of the seniors who took a stroll down memory lane. “I think the event went really well. It was a reminder of how far I’ve come in the Rockland school system. Going to Esten, my former elementary school was the most special part. That’s where it all began. Rockland schools have made me who I am and I owe them a lot.”
Macray also thought that the experience was great for the elementary school children. “Being able to say hi and give high fives to the graduating classes to come was an incredible experience and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it!”
Rockland High School’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Rockland Memorial Stadium.
Photos below are by Hannah Boben and Michelle Downey, Veritas Staff Photographers