River View seniors give back to kindergarten students

| May 20, 2019

Wyatt Shaw presented Solomon Carr with his copy of Dr. Seuss’ book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” Members of River View High School’s Class of 2019 went back to their former elementary schools on May 16 and presented kindergarten students with a copy of this book. Many of the seniors signed the book and left the students notes of encouragement in it. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – River View High School seniors donned their caps and gowns and visited their former elementary schools one last time before graduation.

Members of the RVHS Class of 2019 traveled by bus on May 16 to the elementary schools they attended and marched through the halls while the current students cheered and clapped for them.

“It’s kind of different being back,” said Wyatt Shaw, a senior at RVHS, who went to Keene Elementary School. “I’m remembering a lot more about the school now (that I’m in here) than I did on the bus.”

After touring their elementary school one final time, the seniors went to the kindergarten classrooms and presented the students with a special gift.

“It’s really cool to do this,” Shaw said. “Other than family, I haven’t had the chance to make a lot of impact on little kids.”

Each child in kindergarten at River View’s elementaries received a copy of Dr. Seuss’ book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” At Keene those went to students in Nicole Raber’s class and Denise Lapp’s class.

Laina Kaspar said she remembered the book being read to them at the beginning of the school year. She and her classmates in Raber’s class were enjoying looking through the books with the seniors. Scarlett Sturgeon said it made her happy that they brought the books for them and Sophia Sellers thought it was pretty cool.

This project was started last year as part of Liz Porteus’ senior project and Whitney Raber from the class of 2019 was happy to see it continue.

“It’s really different being back at Keene,” he said. “I got to remember some things from the past and see how some things have changed. Hopefully the kids will see us seniors and want to do the same thing we did.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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