Sustainability Academy afterschool partnered with Sharon Hayes, the school day Teacher-Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, to bring “Reading Buddies” to the program.
Older students pair with younger students to provide opportunities to build positive relationships around literacy and reading. “Buddies” meet during snack and both buddies read to their partner during the block.
This class has had a huge impact on the program, with students building relationships with peers outside of their age range and increasing their literacy skills. One student has jumped four reading levels in the five weeks that the program has been offered!