Over 500 impressionable North Park Elementary students in San Bernardino had the opportunity to envision what the culmination of their academic endeavors could look like when two dozen Cajon High seniors walked through their halls donned in graduation caps and gowns on Tuesday.
The idea for the inaugural Cajon-North Park Senior Walk originated a mere week ago when North Park Guidance Counselor Victoria Reza saw a similar event featured on Facebook at an East Coast school.
“I thought it would work well here to inspire students, and I got in touch with Richard Lennox at Cajon High,” Reza said. “Many of the (Cajon) students attended North Park.”
Kindergarteners through 6th graders lined the hallway and cheered as seniors walked by exuberantly slapping high-fives to the tune of Kool &The Gang’s “Celebration.” Spirits ran high among students, staff and faculty.
“This event helps students look ahead and see what an exciting time lies ahead for them,” said North Park Principal Yadira Downing. “For seniors it allows them the opportunity to inspire and show the little kids their accomplishments.”
Cajon seniors Victoria Garcia and Ty Saurette attended North Park from Kindergarten to 6th grade, and were thrilled to participate in the peppy event.
“It was cool to see the teachers I had, and for them to see how far I’ve come,” said Saurette. “Walking through these halls for the last time as a senior is a truly surreal and elevating experience.” Cajon High Principal Teenya Bishop was on-site to lend support to her seniors as they prepare to cross the threshold into adulthood.
“This is a wonderful experience for all parties involved – it gives a visual of what to expect as long as you work hard, and for seniors it provides an opportunity to be an inspiration and to remind them how far they’ve come,” Bishop concluded.