LAURINBURG – Besides meeting and making new friends in their classroom during their first weeks of school, Wagram Elementary kindergarten students have become ‘buddies’ with fifth graders as well.
Earlier this school year, each kindergartner was matched with a fifth-grade buddy and each week the pair will meet. The fifth graders are helping the kindergartners by reading to them, helping them log on to AR (Accelerated Reader) to take tests, and helping them to read with expression and fluency.
“By having a book buddy, I have learned how to read to someone younger,”said fifth grader, Ashia Walker. ‘It makes me feel good to help others, especially someone younger because I have never done that before. I love learning about my buddy and I also like how she reads to me now when she knows the words.’
Ashia’s classmate, Ricky Swindell, agrees.
“When I read to my book buddy, he learns new things every time,” Ricky said. “He is learning how to read and stay on task. I like to help him learn.”
The fifth graders also serve as role models and mentors and will stop by during their recess time if their buddy needs a pep talk or some guidance on their behavior.
Wagram’s principal Dr. Bobbie Mills expressed enthusiastic about the program.
“I am so proud of the collaborative efforts between our kindergarten and fifth-grade teachers and students,”Mills said. “Our fifth-grade students are enjoying serving as role models for our younger students and demonstrating positive leadership.”
At the end of the school year, the buddies will have a celebration together and highlight and celebrate their successes throughout the year.