Studies show freshmen know early on in their high school career whether they’ll drop out.
“The number one reason is they don’t feel like they belong at their high school,” said Rob Clydesdale, a coordinator for the Link Crew at La Salle-Peru Township High School along with Angie Hartman.
Tuesday was freshman orientation for the class of 2023, which had 305 students registered at the day’s start.
This year 66 upperclassmen are part of Link Crew, and one of them is senior Lupe Covarrubias of Oglesby, who said the group helps incoming freshmen get acclimated to the school, while teaching it’s good to be friendly and meet new peers.
Tuesday morning started activities that included things like balloon popping and enjoying time with other freshmen. Later the students were able to walk through their schedules, and the Link Crew members will check back in with students at different social events throughout the year.
“This program is built very front heavy so we can make them feel like they’re a part of the L-P family right away,” Clydesdale said.