PEER TO PEER ORIENTATION: "All the studies show that its not us, the parents and the teachers, who have the strongest influence on students — it

PEER TO PEER ORIENTATION: "All the studies show that its not us, the parents and the teachers, who have the strongest influence on students — it's their peers," said Burroughs High School Principal David Ostash. With that in mind, the student volunteers in the Link Crew will be showing freshmen the ropes at orientation this week. "This is a completely different take on the traditional process," said Ostash, which historically saw one adult addressing an auditorium full of hundreds of new students. Now juniors and seniors participate in a competitive interview process to be a Link mentor. Those mentors pair up to lead small groups of new students. Each pod breaks the ice with high-energy getting-acquianted activities. Last week Link Crew coordinators Randi Chappell and John Cosner (English and chemistry teachers, respectively) led mentors in a training session that instructs upper classmen in the nuts and bolts of the program, as well as techniques for leadership and positive influence. BHS Vice Principal Bryan Auld brought the program to the school, and recruited the counseling staff to help implement the peer-to-peer program. Pictured from left are Chappell, ASB President Brittanie Byrne, Link Crew Group Orientation Leader Christien Scott and Auld.

-- Photo by Rebecca Neipp
  • First Posted: 2012-08-12