BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The school day started off a little differently on Wednesday at Oak Mountain Elementary School.
As students prepare for graduation, the Pre-K and seniors got together to walk the hallways in their cap and gowns.
“It’s really so fun to see all your old teachers, and to see a lot of people who really had a big impact on your life when you were younger, and how excited the kids are to see you,” said senior Jackson Roberts.
Seniors said it was a very special moment to come back and walk these halls one last time, and they hope it encourages the children they walked with to keep that goal in mind.
“It’s really surreal just walking down these halls, seeing kids that may be doing the same thing I’m doing some day,” said senior Seth VanGeffen.
Oak Mountain senior Emily Cruce said she wants the younger students to realize your time in school goes by faster than you think, and she wants the children to enjoy it. She also said she wouldn’t be the person she is today without her former teachers. “They got me to where I am today,” said Cruce.
VanGeffen added that he is really appreciative of what all the teachers did for him, and for them investing in him.
When asked what they would want to tell the students watching them walk the hallways, seniors had words of encouragement.
“I encourage them to try their best and to step out of their comfort zone, because I know that is a problem for a lot of people," said Kailey Rory. "If you just learn to step out early, then I feel like you will succeed.”
The students have big plans after graduation. Several will be continuing their education, and multiple students have received athletic scholarships.