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Older students help younger students in BAM Buddies program

 

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Fifth-grader Isaac Prouty, right, helps third-grader Walker Coggins with his math work. The students are part of the BAM Buddies program at Presidents Elementary, where older elementary students work with younger students who might need extra help with their school work.

A new program at Presidents Elementary School is allowing older elementary students to work with younger students who might need extra help with their school work. The BAM Buddies is an intervention program that was started this spring. There are a total of 22 students in the program.

"What makes this program unique is that instead of having a middle schooler or high schooler help at the school, the older elementary students are the ones mentoring the younger students," said Mark Dolan, counselor at Presidents. "It's also held right before school starts, sort of like a zero period at the high school."

Before school starts, the students check in with their teachers and then the older students escort the younger students to the stage. Once school starts, the older students walk the younger students back to their class. The students work on things like reading, math and writing.

"It's fun to help them," said fifth-grader Isaac Prouty. "Sometimes they get distracted but it's easy to bring them back."

"I enjoy working with my buddy," said third-grader Walker Coggins. "This helps a lot with my division."

Dolan plans to continue the program in the fall. He said one of the best things about the program is the relationship it builds between the students.

"I've seen them say 'hi' to each other in the hallways and at recess. We knew after the first week that this program was something special."

 

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