“It normally takes fifth-graders a long time to get oriented into middle school,” Dravecky said. “Last year was the quickest ever thanks to the WEB Leaders program.”
The WEB Leaders brings in volunteer eighth-graders who serve as mentors to their fifth-grade counterparts. By working together throughout the school year, the fifth-graders are able to make the adjustment from grade school to middle school a much smoother transition.
“With last year being the first year of this wonderful program we saw improved behavior, performance, and just the overall morale of the school,” Dravecky said.
The most recent event of the program was a pumpkin carving after-school gathering. The leaders and fifth-graders, almost 90 of them, carved pumpkins for judging. The BGMS cafeteria was filled to the brim as students paired up for their creations.
“Students worked in small groups to come up with a pumpkin idea and carved it together,” Dravecky said. ”These pumpkins will then be used as a fundraiser for the WEB program.”
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Panorea Logero and Katie Reilly are surprised at how easy pumpkin carving really is at they create their masterpiece at Boardman Glenwood Middle School on Monday. The fifth-graders carved pumpkins with their eighth-grade student mentors as part of the WEB, Where Everybody Belongs, program at the school.