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Peer buddy program helps younger students with special needs

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Waverly Avenue Elementary

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Waverly Avenue Elementary School in Holtsville are peer buddies to their younger schoolmates. Credit: Emily Cole

Waverly Avenue Elementary School has a program called Peer Buddies. Older students in fourth and fifth grades work with younger students who have special needs.

You are chosen to become a peer buddy if you have good grades and you have excellent character. It is an honor to be chosen for this position. Students who are a part of this program give up their lunch time once a week to meet with their buddies.

Peer Buddies play matching games, board games and puzzles. When the weather is nice, we go outside and play together. Sometimes we even get to help our buddies finish their work. It makes us feel good to help others. Best of all, our peer buddies love us, and we love them!

Emily Cole and Kathy Devine’s fourth-grade class, Waverly Avenue Elementary School, Holtsville

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