With more than one-third of Copperas Cove Independent School District students being military-connected, there is a constant influx of new students. New students can feel lonely, leading to social isolation, which can cause depression and anxiety.
Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School fourth-grade students give tours of the campus to new students to help them feel more welcome and introduce them to others, so they have peers with whom they are instantly connected.
Zekhylen Johnson was the first newcomer to receive the tour and introductions.
“I got to meet a lot of people I didn’t know,” Johnson said. “I got to meet Mrs. Hilgenberg, the third grade teacher and she was really nice.”
Fourth-grade teacher Courtney Liverpool said her students will provide the tours within the first two weeks of when the new student arrives.
“I am hoping this is something we can do on a regular basis to help the kids get acclimated and feel more comfortable at school,” Liverpool said. “There is so much information told to new students as they start a new school when they arrive and it’s hard to take it all in. The kids are bombarded with new locker numbers and room numbers and then they have to change several rooms a day.
“Students have so many different things to remember, like where the library is, the restroom, the water fountain, the cafeteria, the front office, the gym, music room, the science lab, which door to go out to the playground for recess, where to exit during a fire drill, and more.”
Fourth-graders Keagan Sullivan and Julianna Broughton served as tour guides and explained everything as they walked around campus.
“We were showing ‘Zek’ around the school campus, so we could show him where everything is. That way he will know his way around and it will be helpful for field day when it comes.” Broughton said, “We took pictures of places so he would know all about our school. We showed him where to go in case of a fire drill. We don’t want him to feel lost when we have a fire drill or something.”