It was a start to the Cranston High School West graduation week that many will remember for a lifetime, and the start of a new tradition at Cranston West, Senior Graduation Walks. On Tuesday, June 5, many of the CHSW graduating class of 2018 took a walk back through their educational journeys to where it all began: elementary school. The visited their younger peers, their former teachers and principals, saw the chairs they once sat in and the classrooms where they once spent 180 days a year. The seniors gathered together Tuesday morning and split up on two paths: one set of buses would visit Orchard Farms, Stone Hill and Peters Elementary Schools, while the other set would visit Garden City, Woodridge, Oaklawn and Glen Hills Elementary Schools. Although Hope Highlands Elementary School is now a middle school, many of the teachers have relocated to other elementary schools in the district, allowing students to catch a glimpse of them there.
Although the seniors were excited to don their caps and gowns for the first official time, they may not have been completely prepared for the warm welcome they would receive at each stop. Celebrities for the day, the seniors arrived to cheers, applause, displays of class photos, and personalized posters and signs being held by young students lined the hallways at each stop. Pomp and Circumstance could be heard in some locations as they walked the halls, giving hugs and high-fives, seeing familiar faces and posing for photos. At each school Cranston High School West Falcon pencils were delivered for the elementary school students.
Nothing beats the nostalgia of visiting your elementary school, said West Principal Thomas Barbieri in an email. I saw the faces of our graduates, teachers, and the elementary students absolutely priceless. Theres nothing better than at the end of your CPS journey to go back and say thank you to the teachers!