Graduating seniors visit Gilbert Elementary for ‘Senior Walk’


More than 15 graduating seniors across the Harlandale ISD returned to Gilbert Elementary, where their education journey first began, to participate in a “Senior Walk” on June 5.

The inaugural event was organized by campus leaders to start a new tradition and inspire the younger students to aim for college after graduation.

“We want our students to see what they can accomplish in school,” Gilbert Elementary Counselor Judith Pfeifer said. “That, one day, they will also be graduating from high school and moving forward to achieve their higher education.”

The former Mustangs proudly strolled through the hallways as the elementary students held up signs and cheered them on.

Frank Tejeda Academy Senior Isaiah Arroyo enjoyed the opportunity to visit former teachers and see old classmates.

“It’s crazy how time flies,” Isaiah said. “Everything goes by so fast, you grow up and continue to go to school, so it feels good to be back.”

As the children congratulated them on their success, the seniors also offered them some words of encouragement.  

“Keep going and don’t stop,” Harlandale HS Senior Maricella Vargas told them. “You can do whatever you set your mind to, you can do anything!”

Way to go, Mustangs!

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