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Student Ambassador Program aims to welcome new students

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Adam Degenhardt
Baldwin High School serves the Baldwin, Whitehall, and Baldwin Township communities.

Given an uptick in new Baldwin students, Assistant Principal Denise Wells and counselor Morgan Tremblay have coordinated to form a Baldwin Student Ambassadors program.

Typically, the procedure is to show a new student the layout of the building, and send them on their way. But recently, Wells has been disappointed with the practice.

“It seemed like for a while there were quite a few (new kids) coming in,” Wells said. “And then as a week would go by, I would still see that new kid sitting by himself and still not fitting in.”

In an effort to make new students feel more included, Wells met with Tremblay to begin organizing the Student Ambassador program. The program would aim to help new students by pairing them with an appointed “student ambassador,” who would not only show them around on the first day but would meet with them on a monthly basis afterwards.

“We have to make kids who come to Baldwin feel like they belong,” Wells said. “That’s what we’re hoping to do. Maybe once a month, just do a check-in, help them academically, help them navigate,” Wells said.

Wells and Tremblay want a diverse range of students – from all grades and a variety of backgrounds – to be student ambassadors.

“We’re looking for all different grade levels, because we get new students all the time,” Tremblay said. “We just want everyone to feel welcome here.”

For interested students, there will be a meeting after Thanksgiving break. In the meanwhile, Wells is excited for the program. 

“When you have a positive culture, I believe kids want to be here,” Wells said. “And when kids want to be here, they’re going to be successful.”

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