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Buddying Up to Create Books at Arrowhead Elementary

Arrowhead Elementary School students in Tammy Oestreicher’s class worked with their fifth-grade buddies to become published authors. The students are pictured here with their books.
Arrowhead Elementary School students in Tammy Oestreicher’s class worked with their fifth-grade buddies to become published authors. The students are pictured here with their books.

Arrowhead Elementary School students in Tammy Oestreicher’s class recently worked with their fifth-grade buddies to become published authors. 

As part of the school’s anti-bullying and character education program, the students have been learning what it means to be a positive role model and the importance of making good choices. The students applied those lessons during their mentoring program to create books titled “Being a Friend Means…” The completed pieces included illustrations and sentences describing the qualities of a good friend. Each student received a keepsake copy of the project and a commemorative book was donated to the school library.

The buddy program has been a longstanding tradition with the class. The fifth-graders volunteer their lunch and recess time to work with Ms. Oestreicher’s students and will continue their efforts next year as sixth-graders. Throughout the year, they work on different community service, holiday-based and social and emotional awareness campaigns. In April, they raised funds for autism research through a Light it Up Blue program. Working with the student government, the buddies sold bracelets and treats to raise $483 for Autism Speaks.

 

Photo provided by the Three Village Central School District

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