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Kennewick middle schoolers mentorship program helps back to school jitters

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Kennewick's Park Middle School kicked off the school year Monday with their mentorship program.

The middle school's Where Everybody Belongs program, WEB, involves 8th graders helping 6th graders with the transition from elementary to middle school.

Two 8th graders are assigned to each group of 6th graders to help ease their fears and confusion.

8th graders have to apply to be a part of the popular program. Eighth grader, Samantha Aparicio, is excited to be a WEB mentor.

"I was so stoked that I got picked. Just because I know what it feels like to be a sixth grader. I was scared, but WEB helped me get through it," says Aparicio.

Park Middle School Assistant Principal, Nathan Gregory, says everyone is responding well to the program.

"Feedback from our teachers, feedback from students, feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive. They like having a student match up to be a mentor, to help with the transition, that they know they can go to. The mentors love it and sixth graders love it," says Gregory.

Students will continue to meet once a month for activities to see how 6th graders are doing and help them feel comfortable at school.