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Things to do before you graduate: According to EDS 1st Graders

As the final year of high school approaches its end, seniors find themselves looking toward the next new chapter in life. Before donning the cap and gown, we asked our EDS first-grade class what they believe are the most important things every senior student should experience before they graduate. Here's the checklist their class came up with:

Challenge Your Mind: What is 100+25+26=? According to these young Eagles, "If you don't know the answer, then you don't get to graduate." In other words, before you embark on your journey beyond high school, take a moment to engage your intellect. The answer may seem simple, but it's a reminder that critical thinking is a skill that will serve you well in the future.

Embrace Goodbyes: Saying goodbye is never easy, but it's an inevitable part of graduation. Take the time to say goodbye to your favorite friends and teachers. Share your appreciation for the impact they've had on your life. Or, as one student said, "Just go hug everyone in the school." These farewells may be bittersweet, but they mark the beginning of new connections and opportunities.

Express Your Gratitude: Graduation isn't just about leaving behind the familiar faces in the hallways; it's about bidding farewell to everyone you care about at the school. From the janitor who keeps the halls clean to the teacher who stayed after school to help you on a project, express your gratitude. A simple thank you can go a long way.

Indulge in Simple Pleasures: Before the responsibilities of adulthood take over, take a moment to relish the simple joys of life. One group member was VERY adamant in saying, "They have to go to McDonald's!". So, with that same excitement, we say, visit your favorite local eatery or gather with friends for a picnic. These small moments become cherished memories that you'll carry with you into the future.

Leave Your Mark: As a senior, you've spent years navigating the hallways of your school. Before you leave, this young class shared that taking time to make a positive impact is important. They suggested this could be achieved by "picking up trash around the school; it's gross but important." This symbolic gesture can signify leaving a place better than you found it. Plus, it's a way to give back to the school community that supported you during your academic journey.

Spread Kindness: Graduating high school is not just about personal achievements; it's about the connections you've made along the way. Take a moment to be kind to someone. Whether it's a classmate who could use a friendly gesture or a teacher who has played a significant role in your education, kindness is a gift that costs nothing but means everything.

As seniors prepare to turn their tassels and step into the future, these are what the minds of first graders feel are most important and can help make the transition memorable. Graduation is not just an ending; it's a new beginning filled with opportunities for growth, learning, and making a positive difference in the world. Take it from these first graders; time sure flies, but we know our Eagles will always Soar.