Senior Austintown students help younger ones adjust to middle, high schools


Sixth- and ninth-grade students experienced the fun of participating in mentor programs in the Austintown School District.

Austintown Fitch High School junior and senior students and Austintown Middle School eighth-grade students divided themselves into groups Tuesday to help the buildings’ newcomers get acclimated to their new environment.

The high-school and middle-school mentor programs – named Link Crew and Where Everyone Belongs or WEB – are part of national organizations dedicated to helping break down barriers and help the transition from middle school to high school and intermediate school to middle school seem less daunting.

One of the driving forces behind implementing both Link Crew and WEB is Dave Purins, high-school assistant principal. He said a main focus is to teach the incoming students to be aware of their value and to know they are supported.

Read more about the programs in Wednesday's Vindicator or on