Did anyone hear the roar coming from Austin High School on the 9th of August? It was the freshman orientation pep rally. Before starting their first day of classes at Austin High School, upcoming freshman were given the opportunity to get all questions answered and to see how exciting high school really is.
Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, AHS Link Crew creates a system of support using upperclassmen in a student mentoring capacity. With AHS Link Crew, upperclassmen are trained to be Link Crew Leaders and, as positive role models, these leaders act as mentors and student leaders.
Mrs. Karla.Lalendorff, one of the Link Crew Advisor, during the pep rally, asked the incoming freshman, “What type of people do they want to be: make things happen, watch things happen, and wonder about what happened? At Austin High School, we want all of you to make things happen and you can?”
The day-long event included the pep rally, team building events, a tour of the school, breakout sessions, and a club fair in the gym, of course who could forget the pizza lunch. Seeing as Link Crew’s goal is to provide schools with a structure in which students make real connections with each other, thus increasing school safety and reducing the incidence of bullying through anti-bullying education, this goal at AHS is on its way to being achieved.