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Seniors walk to inspire younger students in Charleston Co. schools

Seniors, including Samantha Smiley, walk hallways of Harbor View Elementary (Source: Live 5) Seniors, including Samantha Smiley, walk hallways of Harbor View Elementary (Source: Live 5)
Students line the hallways for the fifth grade graduates (Source: Live 5) Students line the hallways for the fifth grade graduates (Source: Live 5)
Card handed out to students with Dr. Seuss quote (Source: Live 5) Card handed out to students with Dr. Seuss quote (Source: Live 5)
Seniors from James Island Charter High School (Source: Live 5) Seniors from James Island Charter High School (Source: Live 5)
JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Hundreds of Charleston County graduating seniors are walking the hallways of elementary and middle schools to inspire and motivate younger students.

The “Senior Walk”, as it’s called, is growing in popularity across the United States, and will likely become a tradition in the Charleston County School District, said Daniel Head a spokesperson for the district.

Tuesday seniors from James Island Charter High School made a stop at Harbor View Elementary School to take part in the celebration.

Dressed in their caps and gowns, the seniors walked through the hallways with smiles on their faces to students and faculty cheering.

"It meant that they were going off to college," said first grader Corinne Bellil.

"I babysit a lot of these kids,” said Senior Samantha Smiley. “I know a lot of them and recognize a lot of their parents and stuff. I think they'll think it's cool that older kids are here."

It's the first time the school has gotten seniors involved in this kind of walk.

"It was important that the high school students were here today, because we want our children to grow up and be just like them with aspirations of going to college," said Harbor View Principal Lara Latto.

“[I want to go to college] because I want to learn how to be a great artist," Bellil said.

It wasn't just the seniors who received the send-off. For the last two years the school has held a "clap-out" for its graduating fifth graders.

"It's just kind of a celebration wrap up for our fifth graders at the end of the year to show how proud we are of the successes they've made here in elementary school," said Latto.

Cards were handed out to the students as part of the inspirational walk.

On one side a famous Dr. Seuss quote reads, "You're off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting so get on your way."

Several seniors from North Charleston, Burke and Baptist High Schools took part in Senior Walks at other elementary and middle schools.

The seniors from James Island Charter High School will graduate Thursday.

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