WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita West High School students are spending their lunch hour off campus, but it’s not for skipping school.
The teens are visiting eight local elementary schools to spend lunchtime with kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. It’s all to celebrate the day no one eats alone.
While the holiday is recognized on February 17, high schoolers are getting a head start on the festivities. Their goal is to spread kindness and teach children about unity.
Many of the teens say they feel like they are having a lasting impact on young people.
“I will remember it like when I was a kid like when I used to come here in elementary school,” said Isrel Cervantes
“He’s definitely having a lasting impact on us because he reminds us of us as a sibling, and it’s very good for us to make connections with the younger generation after us,” said Chloe Ashley.
They also let the kids talk about their favorite hobbies and classes.
“Children are very energetic and love to talk. They will talk your head off. And that’s why we’re here. Have fun with them,” Cervantes added.
On Wednesday, high schoolers dispersed among four schools: Woodman, Gardiner, Washington and Horace Mann.
The biggest takeaway for high schooler Anival Ramos is “Just interacting with kids. They are really enthusiastic.
Thursday’s plan is to visit Lawrence, Harry Street, Franklin and Stanley.