There’s an adage that goes ‘you never really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.’
At the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School graduating seniors were given an opportunity to do just that and experience a day in the life of a school-related professional on May 18.
Known as Senior Swap Day and organized by the school’s student government club, soon-to-be APW graduates eagerly traded their backpacks for briefcases and a day on-the-job as a teacher, superintendent, transportation supervisor, principal, or support staff.
Club advisor Beth Dunham said that both staff and students look forward to the day and that the student participants are held to a high standard of professionalism throughout the actual swap day.
“Students are required to participate in a pre-planning meeting with their mentor prior to the [swap] day to go over the material they will be teaching or the projects they will be working on,” she said. “It’s a great learning experience for students in teaching responsibility, flexibility, and tolerance,” she added.