After eight years, the success shows.
“When you first see (the freshmen arrive) they are smiling, they see their friends,” Lonergan said. “I ask them, ‘Are you nervous?’ and they say ‘A little bit.’”
Once they get involved in the day’s activities, Lonergan said, their comfort level grows.
“It’s good for them to come in and get a sense of the campus,” he said, “without everyone else being here.”
Lonergan said sometimes parents linger a while after dropping of their child to watch the activities. Students from smaller towns like Chester are eager to jump right into the Pinkerton crowd.
“They are psyched to get into this place and meet new people,” he said.
For Alexis, she looks forward to getting involved in photography once school begins. Haley hopes to try out for volleyball.
Both girls said it was a good thing to come to the field day and learn all they could about Pinkerton before hitting the books.
“It’s good to know where everything is,” Alexis said.
Freshmen also get another day all to themselves when they begin school on Aug. 27. All other Pinkerton students will return to class the following day.