SWANSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Moving to a new school is never easy, especially when you move multiple times throughout the years.
Earlier this year, 9 On Your Side introduced viewers to the Student 2 Student program.
Military students move to a new school about six to nine times during their education.
Thirty-one students at Swansboro High School are making sure they see friendly faces when they walk down the halls for the first time.
Tamia Studivant is new to Swansboro High.
“I’m from Fayetteville, North Carolina and I just moved here and I didn’t know anyone,” said Tamia Studivant, a sophomore at Swansboro High. Her family transferred to the area after her father retired from the military. “This is my first big move, with not knowing anyone for support except for my family.”
But Studivant soon met senior Hope Conn, who’s the president of the Student 2 Student program. She helps guide newcomers like Studivant.
“She’s a senior,” commented Studivant. “So her already going through all of it really helps me.”
“I used to be a military student and I would move every year from preschool to second grade,” said Hope Conn, president, Student 2 Student program. “I had to go to a new school so I understand the difficulties of moving.”
They give tours, advice, and make sure the new students have someone to sit with at lunch.
“With military deployments, they can almost come in at any time throughout the year and, a lot of times, that’s very difficult, especially for some of the students who’ve gone to six or seven schools in their lifetime, trying to get incorporated into what goes on here can be a difficult process,” explained Erik Matticola, Student 2 Student Program Advisor/U.S. History teacher.
About 80 students have already joined the school in the first few weeks. And the S2S students will guide them every step of the way.
“We text every day,” said Studivant. “If I have a question, I know she’s going to be there to reply.”
Swansboro High was named the county’s Military School of the Year.
Swansboro High will hold an S2S summit for all of the other high schools in the county between semesters to compare ideas and improve the program.