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KACIE GOODE/The Kentucky Standard
Sixth-graders practice opening locks Wednesday morning during Bardstown Middle School's Next Step transition camp. The three-day event was aimed at helping the incoming middle schoolers better adjust to their new school, from having lockers to dealing with peer pressure and making good choices.
The Next Step

The morning started with teaching incoming students how to open combination locks. It was a relatively simple assignment, but one that would be important for Bardstown Middle School’s newest enrollees. Sixth grade means having their own lockers. Sixth grade means a new school, new teachers and new classes. But sixth grade also means entering a new educational and social setting for kids at a fragile time in their lives.