When Greenbrier High School’s Student 2 Student (S2S) event began Wednesday afternoon, new students and their parents sat quietly by themselves in the school’s media center.
By the end of the program, finished off with a tour of the high school, students had clustered together, forming new friendships, and parents were talking, getting to know one another.
“I think it went real well,” said junior Madison Metcalf, one of the program’s student leaders, along with junior Avery Williams. “I think the students are making new friends. You see them grouping together, talking to people, which is good.”
The program, which is presented through the Military Child Education Coalition, is in its second year at the school after a successful first run in 2012. More students were added to give tours, and small tweaks were applied.
“I feel like it was better this year because we knew more about what we were doing,” Williams said. “We didn’t talk as much this year, we focused more on the tours.”
Students from as far away as Germany and as close as Evans received a packet of information, heard from administrators as well as Metcalf and Williams and took a guided tour of the school.
There were close to 30 new students who came out for the program, including ninth-grader Michael Geyer, a transfer from Charlotte, N.C.
“It’s very helpful to freshmen and newcomers,” Geyer said of the tour.
Farrah Buki, who graduated from Evans in the 1990s, was glad to be back in Columbia County with her sophomore daughter Mica, who transferred in from Lincolnton High. She was glad to get the lay of the land before the open house the following evening.
“Open houses are kind of crazy, especially if you’re not familiar with the school,” said Buki. “This just feels a bit more personalized, you get to see everything beforehand and ask questions beforehand.”