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Eighteen North Augusta High seniors visited Belvedere Elementary Thursday in their caps and gowns. 

Students at Belvedere Elementary School lined the hallways Thursday, May 17, to cheer on a few role models, who used to sit where they sit.

Eighteen North Augusta High School seniors made a trip back to the elementary school they attended to greet students and teachers while wearing their caps and gowns.

Elementary students clapped, cheered and reached out for high-fives as the seniors walked the halls. The seniors, celebrities for a day, grinned as they walked through the cafeteria to cheers and clapping.

Kimmerie Allen, assistant principal at Belvedere Elementary, said it took everything in her not to cry.

“It was just amazing to see them from elementary school and to move up to high school and to be graduating," Allen said. "I mean, it just gives me pride, it gives me joy, it shows that Belvedere is leaving a legacy – that’s our motto: live, love learn, leave a legacy. And they are our legacy and that’s just very amazing to see, it gives us a lot of pride and great joy.”

Allen said she thinks the senior walk is important to show elementary students where they can go and what they can become.

“I think it helps them to strive for more, and to want to be their best and to want to do their best and just give them somebody to look up to,” Allen said.

She added that she thinks it’s cool for the high school seniors to come back to their elementary schools, and to be role models to the younger students and the community.

“They can come back and see the teachers and thank the teachers who helped them to be where they are right now, so I think that’s just a wonderful, wonderful, amazing thing to do,” she said.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.