METUCHEN – When you combine picture books, young students and high school volunteers, what do you get? A lot of fun and an enriching experience for all involved. Book Buddies, a program enabling older students to share literature with first and second graders, began this month in the Metuchen Public School District.
“It’s wonderful to see our high school students giving back to the school community and bonding with our first and second graders through literacy,” said Superintendent Vincent Caputo. “Reading with children truly makes a difference in their lives.”
“Seeing children engage with books is always magical,” added Florence Carter, principal at Campbell School. “The more they are exposed to books the better they will read.”
Book Buddies will continue twice a month for the rest of the school year. The program takes place under the supervision of Barbara Derer, Campbell’s library media specialist and Patricia Glave, the high school’s library media specialist. Book Buddies is available to students enrolled in Before After School Care at Campbell and any Metuchen high school student can participate.
(Photos courtesy of Metuchen Public Schools)