Hello, I Must Be Going: 'Senior Walks' Inspire Both Grads and Youngsters

Christine Sampson

In what may become a new tradition at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor and East Hampton High School, members of the senior classes made nostalgic journeys this week through the halls of their former elementary schools.

Dubbed a "senior walk," it's a trend that started in Van, Tex., in early May. Before long it had made its way across the country — including here on the South Fork — after a post about it on the New York-based blog ScaryMommy.com was widely shared across social media.

At the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton, the children made signs, cheered, and offered high-fives as members of the senior class passed through the hallways. At Sag Harbor Elementary, the walk began during the morning program.

The senior walk is meant to inspire younger students to strive for the best along their paths to high school graduation, while also serving as a memorable send-off for the high school seniors themselves.

Christine Sampson
Christine Sampson
Christine Sampson
Courtesy of Pierson School District
Courtesy of Pierson School District