Students Form Families to Feel More Included at School

children holding hands in a circle“I have 10 moms,” said Katie Samuelson, a fifth-grade student at Reynoldsburg’s Gateway Academy.

Wait, what? How can a kid have 10 moms? That doesn’t make any senseā€¦unless you know that Katie is talking about her “adopted family” of fifth and sixth grade students in the Reynoldsburg’s Gateway Academy.

In fact, Katie has an entire family tree at the school. It all started seven years ago, when students wanted to create bonds between students in different grades. Today, the tradition is still going strong.

Amy McKibben is a language-arts teacher at the middle school. She thinks that this form of connection between students are very important, especially when students are transitioning from child to adult.

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