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Thurston High School program seeks to eliminate first day jitters

Starting next week, incoming freshmen will take part in a variety of team-building games and activities at Thurston High School to prepare them for their first day.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 6:14 PM

Springfield, Ore. -- As schools get ready to open for the new school year, Thurston High School is offering a program called Strong Start that works to eliminate first day jitters.

The five-day program starts next week. Incoming freshmen will take part in a variety of team-building games and activities at Thurston High School to prepare them for their first day. 

The idea of this program is to make their transition from middle school a lot smoother. Senior Brady Lucier said it worked for him.

“If I hadn’t done it, I wouldn’t feel prepared,” Lucier said.

He went through the program and said it helped him meet other students in his freshman class and it gave him leadership skills. Lucier said it also eliminated his fears of speaking to teachers and counselors.

Program coordinator Kendall Mack said the Start Strong program is different from any other high school orientation because it teaches kids how to make important decisions.

Incoming seniors will be there to show the new students the ropes, and Mack said the seniors will continue to have an impact even after school starts.

She said they’re really signing up to be facilitators to mentor the freshmen coming in so that when they step in on the first day of school, they recognize a familiar face.

There is still time to sign up to participate. Email Mack at kendallmack93@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

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