Pattonville United reaching out to eighth-graders
Pattonville United reaching out to eighth-graders
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Student leaders in the Pattonville United group from Pattonville High School are connecting with eighth-graders district-wide this month as a way to help prepare them for high school life and beyond.

On Jan. 6, the high school students hosted nearly 40 Remington eighth-graders at their school, where they conducted icebreakers, tours, answered questions and showed a video demonstrating a day in the life of a Pattonville High School student. The video was filmed by sophomore Will Polster and edited by fellow sophomore Abby Surlet.

The Pattonville United team visited Holman Middle School on Jan. 12 and will visit Pattonville Heights Middle School on Jan. 20 to provide a similar experience.

"The whole point of us coming is to let you know the high school is not as big and scary as it seems," said Pattonville junior Nadia Maddex to Holman eighth-graders. The high school students encouraged students to try different classes that might interest them, but also to find something to get involved in because doing so will help them be more successful and enjoy high school more.

Pattonville United was initiated by high school students in the 2015-2016 school year as a way to make Pattonville a more cohesive school community and help better prepare younger students for success in high school and beyond. The Pattonville United movement originated as part of a discussion by students in the Board Student Administration Action Committee (BSAAC) at the high school.