WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Kiana Cotledge's first day of middle school is today, but the 11-year-old said she isn't worried.
She's excited about her new school, Springfield Middle, and about making new friends she didn't meet as a student at Emma K. Doub.
Kiana, a sixth-grader, has only one concern --Â remembering her locker combination.
"It might be hard to remember," she said. "And I forget a lot of things."
Tips on remembering combinations, navigating the halls and other helpful information were offered to Kiana and other sixth-graders during a program Tuesday at the school.
All middle and high schools in Washington County hosted orientations Tuesday that matched older students with younger ones.
A program called Link Crew is at county high schools, and is one of two similar initiatives to help younger students transition into their new schools, said Carol Costello, supervisor of alternative programs and student services. Where Everybody Belongs (WEB), at county middle schools, pairs eighth-graders with incoming sixth-graders.