(WBNG) — Students in the Maine-Endwell class of 2019 are saying goodbye to their past as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives.
Dozens of seniors visited Maine Memorial and Homer Brink elementary schools Thursday morning. They were greeted by future M-E graduates, as well as many of their old teachers and administrators.
“It feels nostalgic. I remember being in fifth grade myself and watching the high school seniors walking through, and I just remember being so excited to graduate and being so excited to do what I dream of doing,” senior Haley Ritter said.
After parading the halls at Maine Memorial Elementary, the seniors joined the youngsters in the gymnasium where they signed class photos and yearbooks.
“A lot of these kids do look up to us for many different reasons. If it’s sports or band or anything really. They always see us down you know anywhere you know, and they always say hey. So why not say good bye to them one last time,” senior Patrick Watson.
At Homer Brink, the seniors gathered joined the the kindergarten class in the cafeteria, where they all sang Maine-Endwell’s alma mater.
Younger students and teachers alike say the annual event is one that never fails to inspire them and is one they look forward to year round.