Each year before AVID and National Honor Society students from John Tyler High School walk the stage during graduation, they take time to walk the halls.

For the fourth year, the campus organizations treated every elementary school in their attendance zone to a Senior Walk on Friday.

As they entered the foyer at Griffin Elementary School, screams and cheers erupted from the hundreds of children lining the hallways.

The event is especially meaningful as the seniors walk the halls high-fiving their younger siblings and former teachers.

After the students headed back to class, dozens of seniors snagged quick selfies with them. Griffin Principal Steven Ladd had a line forming with students he had taught as third graders.

“It’s full circle,” he said. “I think that when the (younger students) see their siblings and other kids in the community dressed up in cap and gown, it becomes very real for them.”

Ladd said seeing his former students encouraging his current students was a very proud moment.

“I’m super proud and just very hopeful for their future seeing them make it through and hopefully go on to college,” he said.

Senior Erynn Henderson-Ryder said that not only is the event a good time for students, but it also helps seniors.

“It’s a great thing because I’ve worked hard to get here and I feel like I’m encouraging people to keep going,” she said.

Tyler ISD graduation ceremonies are set for next weekend at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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