Link Crew to promote positive transition at AHS

By Ryan Lewis -

For an incoming freshman at Altus High School the transition can be intimidating. It is a new school with new opportunities and unfamiliar faces walking the halls.

Many freshmen are overwhelmed with the changes, but could have a much easier transition with just a little bit of help.

Lucky for them, AHS offers them the assistance they need with the Link Crew.

The Link Crew is an opportunity for members of the junior and senior classes to become leaders and mentors at AHS and positively impact the lives of incoming freshmen.

The program was built on the belief that students can help students succeed and many juniors and seniors are rising up to the challenge of mentoring incoming freshman.

“I like being a part of Link Crew because it helps the freshmen feel more comfortable and excited about transitioning to the high school,” said Senior Link Crew Leader Jayla Bain. “The upper classmen get to establish new friendships with the freshmen and help them succeed throughout the school year.”

That is the feeling of most Link Crew leaders. In a time when more support and friendship is needed in school and a bully free environment is sought, these young leaders are stepping up and making it happen.

On Aug. 2, Link Crew leaders are scheduled to lead freshmen through an opening pep-assembly where members of the dance team, cheerleaders and the football team welcome them with the school spirit of the Altus Bulldogs and help integrate them into the positive atmosphere of AHS.

The junior and senior leaders also help the freshmen through orientation activities, a school tour and team-building discussions all designed to make their transition as comfortable and fun as possible.

Link Crew leaders also help freshmen find their classes and give the new students an idea what to expect at high school.

The hope is that when paired with a Link Crew leader, a freshman student has an easier time with less stress and anxiety about all the new changes that face him or her. The belief is that they are more likely to be successful in high school with the knowledge that the Link Crew leaders and the school care about them.

The Aug. 2 orientation is just the beginning.

During the year, freshmen will be paired with their leaders and attend school events, have Link Crew Nights at some of the sporting events, attend a Cocoa and Cram session before their 9-weeks tests in the AHS cafeteria and have a Scary Movie Night near Halloween.

The Link Crew leaders are scheduled to meet 8 a.m. to noon July 21-22 to begin training for the upcoming school year.

According to organizers, it is a positive and respectable program that has been doing wonderful things for the student body since its inception at the high school and the hope is it will continue to positively influence and impact the lives of these students for years to come.

By Ryan Lewis

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

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