EDISON — On Thursday, Oct. 3, Lower School students in grades Kindergarten through 5 at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison presented flowers and certificates to members of the Class of 2014 during the annual Senior Buddy Adoption Ceremony held in Laidlaw Gymnasium.
Jerry Ganis of Metuchen, Lower School Head, welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about how every child needs positive role models. He said that seniors will inspire Lower School students to become strong leaders. Dr. Ganis encouraged the upperclassmen to visit their buddies often and remain connected throughout the school year.
Rhona Eserner of Edison, Upper School Head, shared that the Senior Buddy Program is another example of what makes Wardlaw-Hartridge such a special community. She added that the seniors and young Lower School students benefit immensely from these relationships.
Seniors Samantha Hart of Edison and Doug Cerminaro of Scotch Plains, two lifers from the Class of 2014, described their years in Lower School and reflected on old memories. Hart shared her memories of the Green and Gold soccer game, Field Day, the loft and naptime. Although she and her classmates used to whisper to their neighbor during naptime, Hart said the seniors now actually would use that time to take a nap.
Cerminaro stressed the importance of learning from mistakes and not being afraid to fall. He also has fond recollections of nap time and snack time. Cerminaro closed by encouraging the young students to be kind to each other and enjoy their time in Lower School because it goes by very quickly.
The Lower School students learned the names of their buddies, greeted them with yellow carnations and special certificates to introduce themselves. The upperclassmen joined the youngsters as they returned to the Lower School classrooms to become better acquainted. During the school year, the seniors will visit their buddies during Lower School activities such as the upcoming Halloween parade, graduation, concerts and more.
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