This Buddy activity started last month during Earth Week. The eighth graders set up at the kindergarten pavilion with paints and brushes to help their little buddies paint birdhouses. This week, the eighth grade returned to kindergarten to help install the birdhouses across the front of campus. It was a great activity and one that will stay in the memories of these students – big and little – for years to come.
The Buddy program pairs students at different grade levels together for learning activities and plenty of fun. It provides big buddies with leadership opportunities and teaches patience. Little buddies gain confidence and feel a strong sense of community, a sense of place and a deep sense of belonging.
Building relationships with new children each year contributes to the social and emotional well-being of each member of our Powhatan community, and we feel strongly that this is an essential part of all children’s education.
The buddy program is one more example of how we live our mission: We learn not for school, but for life.