In St. Louis, HOME WORKS! has engaged volunteers to partner with schools and engage with young students and their families.
In our buddy program, some pairs have regular meetings to read together. Others check in to praise students for participating in school and to confirm that their technology tools are working properly.
What does a volunteer buddy do?
How are students chosen and assigned to volunteer buddies?
I must admit I was a little nervous when I first became a volunteer buddy, but it has proven to be such a joyful experience. My student buddy is so enthusiastic. Over Zoom, he even introduced me to his little sister and gave me a tour of his room in between reading from our books. The teachers are so helpful as well.CHRIS SCHMIZ, BUDDY TO A SECOND-GRADER