Carnival designed to help new and incoming Greenville High School students

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 8:30 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2012

GREENVILLE — More than 60 upperclassmen are coming together to welcome new students and incoming freshman at Greenville High School.

Helping Out New Kids (HONK) is a student led organization with a board of directors (V-board) to add personality to the orientation process, according to Fran Weller, HONK adviser.

“This year’s V-board decided to have a carnival showcasing the different clubs and activities available to students here at Greenville HIgh School,” Weller said.

The orientation will take place  from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.

“The event is created by students, for students,” she said, noting parents do not need to attend.

The HONK leaders have fun activities — such as a fashion show — planned for the freshman, which will demonstrate appropriate dress code choices and more.

V-board member Grace Beckman said the board thought the event was important because the carnival will give new students an opportunity to talk to leaders about clubs and more without feeling pressured.

“They will also then know a familiar face that they will be able to ask questions or direction of throughout the school year,” Beckman said.

The students will also receive an informative tour to help them navigate through the high school.

“Students will also have the opportunity to play some carnival-style games while learning about the different ways they can plug into student life here at the high school,” Weller said.

HONK received a grant from the Greenville Youth Advisory Council, which Weller said they are very grateful for. The grant will help purchase fun prizes to be handed out at the orientation.

“We are excited because we hope this encourages kids to get involved in school,” Beckman said.

On the first day of school, HONK leaders will be wearing the same shirt to show new and incoming students who they are if they have any questions.

“These leaders will continue to meet with new students in small-group settings during the school year to make sure they are feeling welcomed at Greenville High School and to answer any questions they may have,” Weller said.

Also on the V-board are students Rachel Taft, Taylor Christenson and Makayla Larabell along with leader Megan Smith.

“I have the privilege of working with HONK, am am very excited about the ideas and enthusiasm this year’s V-board is bringing to the group,” Weller said. “It’s going to be a fun event.”

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