Memorial High School students broke from their routine and took a short a walk to hang out with some special kids.
A group of Crimson Chargers shared quality time Thursday with youngsters at Woodland Elementary, located directly next to the Elkhart Memorial campus, for a “Walk in Their Shoes,” a mentoring program between the two schools that was established to enhance student engagement – from each side.
For Dylan Presser, a junior, it was his second year of participating in the program.
“I started last year through a different program called ‘Walk in Their Shoes’ and I was paired with Darrion Turner,” said Presser, who spent time with Turner again on Thursday.
The “Walk in Their Shoes” idea was created as a credit program by language arts teacher Michael Henderson, who challenged the high school students to give 40 hours of their time at the elementary school. “I got involved because we were getting extra credit for it, but it’s been fun since then. I really like coming over here and seeing Darrion,” Presser said. “I saw him twice a week last year, and this time I only get to see him every other week. But it’s still nice to get out of the high school and help out our community.”
Morgan Gonsoski and Wheaton Webb, also juniors, are enjoying the interaction.