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
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