Schools offer resources to help new students adjust

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As students head back to the classrooms this week, some may have to transition to a new school.

Moving schools or starting in a new building can be intimidating.

Luckily, school districts around the east are implementing programs to help make that transition as smooth as possible.

Some tips schools give are to learn how to introduce yourself and meet people during the first week of school.

Whether it’s talking to a seat mate or during an icebreaker activity, being yourself can help establish that core group of friends.

School officials say one of the easiest ways to make friends is to get involved in a club, sport or activity.

Some teachers even specialize in helping students with the transition.

In one Pitt County School they adopted a program called “LINK” to specifically help kids.

“It’s overwhelming,” said D.H. Conley teacher and ‘LINK’ coordinator Ariel Perkins.

“I mean just getting back in the routine for one coming off of summer is just tough for everybody students and teachers alike and a full 5 day week you can easily get burnt out by the end.”

Some of the resources are available to new students all throughout the year, with help from classmates or teachers.

If students are still struggling after a few weeks, most school districts offer guidance counselors for additional help.

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