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Book Buddies

Students in GATE have been working with younger students in first and second grade this year. Each week the younger student comes to the GATE room to work with the older book buddy. They take turns reading and enjoying learning about different genres and authors. This is a service project that is so beneficial for all students. While the younger students work with the older buddy, the older buddy talks with them and gets to know them better. The older book buddy even interviews the younger student. This information from the interview is then used to write, illustrate, edit, and publish a book to gift to the younger book buddy. The younger book buddy is the main character and includes places, friends, and even hobbies so the book makes a connection with the younger buddy. The older students use cardboard and fabric to publish these books that will be treasured for years to come. Some of our older book buddies were once younger book buddies themselves.