A Wisconsin high school is working to make the transition from middle school to high school go smoothly for its new crop of freshmen by involving them in a mentoring program that begins before the first day of school. In the Ignition program, freshmen are paired with upperclassmen mentors, and students participate in team-building exercises before the beginning of the school year. Officials with Focus Training, which created the program, say it has led to more student-participation in school activities and decreased suspensions and truancy.

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