Staples High School seniors, from left, Emma Booth, Brynn Fleisig, Harrison Putman, Mabel Propper, Katherine Frank, Hailey Johnson and Elise Eisenberger visited Greens Farms Elementary School during the recent “Senior Walk” by members of the Class of 2024. / Contributed photos
Avery Mueller, left, and Oliver Howard, both former Coleytown Elementary School students, stopped by their elementary alma mater during the recent “Senior Walk” by Staples ’24 classmates.

WESTPORT — With the approach of their Monday evening commencement ceremonies, members of the Staples High School Class of 2024 recently took a walk down memory lane — literally — by visiting the local elementary schools where, for many of the graduates, their school years all began.

It was the inaugural “Senior Walk,” which school officials said will be a new tradition where members of the Staples graduating class — attired in their blue caps and gowns — will stop by their respective elementary schools to reconnect with staff and greet today’s kindergartners through fifth-graders.

In this first Senior Walk last Friday, about 200 Staples seniors visited Long Lots, Coleytown, Kings Highway, Saugatuck and Greens Farms elementary schools “as a reminder of how far they have come, but also as an inspiration to the younger students who one day aspire to follow in their footsteps,” according to school officials’ announcement.

For the soon-to-be graduates, the occasion provided a chance to reflect on friendships, lessons and experiences that shaped their education. For teachers and staff, the event proved to be a moment of pride, seeing former students prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

“Bringing the seniors back to their elementary school is a powerful reminder of the community’s impact on their educational journey,” Stafford Thomas, the Staples principal, said in the school district’s statement.

“It’s a full-circle moment that highlights their achievements and inspires the next generation to dream big,” he added.