Link Crew Leaders
Being a freshman can be terrifying. New year, new school, and new people can be a lot to overcome the first few days. However, this year at Springfield High School the incoming freshman had the chance to experience their first day with only a few upperclassman called Link Leaders. Link Leaders, a new club at Springfield High School, was formed to help upcoming freshman adjust to high school life more swiftly than in the past.
Freshman Academy Principal, Greg Bell, and freshman teacher, Mr. Schlipp, taught and aided the Link Leaders with two, five hour days of training before school began. Link Leaders learned the importance of encouraging the freshman and making them sense they are welcomed. On Freshman Day, the Link Leaders put their training to good use. Each Link Leader was put with a group of freshman and played learning activities about high school and informed freshman of what high school life is really about.
Freshman Day was a success and made the freshman feel more comfortable in their new surroundings. Senior Sayra Iniguez inputs “Link Leaders help freshman feel more comfortable and give them a since of belonging.” Link Leaders welcomed the freshman by cheering and clapping as they entered the school on their first day. Freshman Chelsie Clinard says “It was fun. I enjoyed getting to know my Link Leaders and it was interesting to get to meet new people.”
Link Leaders are there to tutor, give advice, and help each freshman on their journey through their first year of high school. Link Leaders want to empower juniors and seniors as role models for freshman, and also increase academic success through support of peers. It teaches students that by working together they can be successful and enjoy one another and it helps to create a positive and supportive atmosphere on campus.