Grade One Buddies
Seven years ago, KCS wanted to provide a leadership opportunity to Grade 8 students. They decided to begin a buddy system that pairs Grade 8 students with Grade 1 or new Grade 2 students. They call them Grade One Buddies. At the beginning of the school year, we were paired up with one or two buddies. Since then, we have walked with them on the Halloween parade, read with them and play with them at recess. The Grade 8 students have also been brainstorming like crazy to come up with ideas to do with their buddies such as Wii dance sessions, arts and crafts, recess games and building gingerbread houses!
“It gives the Grade ones someone to look up to and it’s really cool that we get to be that role model.”
“It’s a great way for us to get to know the younger students.”
“We get to pretty much mentor them and that’s pretty cool!”These are just some of the many positive comments that have come from this year’s Grade 8s when they talk about working with their buddies.
— KCS Grade 8 Students