Kindergarten Buddies

On a recent Friday afternoon the Class of 2019 met for the first time with their kindergarten buddies. Every year eighth grade students become tutors, example setters, and best buddies with the children of kindergarten. Mrs. D.,the kindergarten teacher, knows what kind of reinforcement her students need for the week. She gives individualized activities to the eighth graders, who then sit with their buddies to work on particular skills. It might be math skills, alphabet reinforcement, or reading. As the year progresses, the eighth grade class learns just how hard it is to teach the little ones concepts related to kindergarten and the kindergarteners learn just what a big family ACS is. Before you know it, you will see them waving to each other in the cafeteria, and praying with their buddies in liturgy.