BOLIVAR, Mo. Before they step up this weekend to get their diplomas, the high school seniors at Bolivar had one last stop to make...the place where it all began.
Their old stomping grounds, the primary school where the current kindergarten thru 2nd grade students gave them a grand send-off as they walked down the hallways with high-fives and signs paying tribute to the people they aspire to be one day.
"I honestly felt like I was famous for a little bit," laughed Bolivar senior Tiara Salyar. "It kinda made me want to cry because they're so small and they have so much coming up and I just want to be that person to encourage them."
"I felt some emotions brewing up a little bit," said fellow senior Nick Genovese. "I remember walking through these halls when I was that young and they (the high school students) were so big and were my idols and now I'm that person to them."
"It was amazing," said senior Darby Pulsipher. "Going through and just having all these little hands giving you a high-five made you feel so special because whenever your coming to this time in life you don't really think about it as such a big accomplishment until you get the recognition."
"We're done with school now and they're just getting started," said senior Jack Hadank. "They have a whole lot more memories to gain and experience and we've already made all of ours so it's really cool to see all of them looking up to us and wanting to be us one day."
The seniors have gained a lot of knowledge since their time at the primary school. But the seeds that were sown in the early years gave them the foundation of values they have today.
That's why author Robert Fulghum wrote an insightful book titled "Everything I needed to learn in life I learned in kindergarten."
--Put things back where you found them.
--Clean up your own mess.
--Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
--Don't hit people.
--Don't take things that aren't yours.
--Say your sorry whenever you hurt someone.
--Wash your hands before you eat.
--Cold milk and warm cookies are good for you.
--Take a nap every afternoon.
--Life a balanced life- learn some and think some, draw and paint, sing and dance, and play and work every day.
--When you go out in the world watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
--Everything in life has a beginning and an end...even the plant in the Styrofoam cup.
--And remember the biggest word of all...LOOK!
If we all just followed the rules we learned in kindergarten, imagine how much better the world would be.