When the Golds came to Randolph, they found a community that welcomed their daughters with open arms. Now her oldest daughter, a senior, is making another transition with graduation. Julie celebrates the Class of 2016 and the teammates who welcomed Libby when she was a new student.
On December 22, 2011, we pulled out of the parking lot of our old school in St. Louis for the last time. We passed students and teachers with signs who waved goodbye all along our exit. Our three girls were in 3rd, 6th, and 8th grades. To say that it was emotional would be an understatement and the next few hours, filled with lots of tears, was heart-wrenching as a parent.
We were banking on Randolph being the right fit for our family.
I, too, was moving to a new state, where my husband was taking a new job, where I knew no one, and to a school that we were banking on being the right fit for our family.
As we hit Nashville, Libby’s cell phone got a text from a 256 number. The text read, “Hi, Libby. My name is Haley. I’m an 8th grader at Randolph and will be one of your teammates on your basketball team this year. We are so excited to meet you and can’t wait for you to join our team! We will have practices over the break and we will be going bowling before the semester starts. We would love it if you would join us.” We were all startled as she read the texts to us. I was thinking, “Is this the South? I like it!”
The morning of the first day following break, her cell phone was buzzing with texts again. “Libby, where are you? We are waiting for you outside the Middle School building.” When I dropped her off, she was greeted by basketball players, escorted to classes and a seat at the lunch table with other kids to meet.
I had never heard of a new student experience like this.
Last spring, at a new family gathering at our house I shared this story, and I will continue to do so every time anyone asks me about our transition to Randolph!
I will always be thankful to Haley and the rest of the Class of 2016 for being “inclusive,” as Alexa noted at the 8th grade Moving-Up Ceremony. We will miss this class and the positive impact they have had on the culture of our school.
(You can see the rest of the videos from the Class of 2016's Moving-Up Ceremony here.)
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