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Huntington High School students inspire younger generation

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HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) -

Over the past 15 years, the youngest Huntington students have been receiving inspiration from their older counterparts.

Each year, students from Huntington High School spend part of their day tutoring and hanging out with the elementary students.

"I had so much fun learning at the elementary school, and it is fun to come back and hang out,” said 10th grade student Shelby Poldrac.

Every week, four classes from the districts childhood development classes come to spend time with the students.

"There are several kids from the past that have done this that are teachers in the district, and it kind of lets them decide if they want to do this,” said program director Nancy Harris.

For Poldrac, visiting with the students is more than an assignment.

"I help with reading, writing, and basically anything the teachers need help with,” Poldrac said. “We are there to do whatever is needed.”

Kayle Rawls helps students in her mother's classroom. For her, the experience has been eye opening.

"It's crazy, because I never know if I acted like this or what,” Rawls said.

For the teachers, handling a class of first graders can be a task, which is why they gladly accept the help.

"You get to tell the kids, this was someone in your shoes, and you could be this person, helping kids in first grade, so it is really neat for me to see these kids come back,” said teacher William Weeks.

Weeks said it's help that is shaping both future high school students and future teachers.

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