Senior and Junior Students Bond With Books

by Kelly Twa, Grade 12

Mondays are typically the worst day of the week: you’re tired after a busy weekend, you still haven’t finished all your assignments that are due, you’re given even more homework, and you know you are only one fifth of the way to the weekend. Nobody likes Mondays. Correction, nobody did like Mondays, until Buddy Reading came along!

What better way to relax after a stressful day then sit down in a cozy corner of the library, and enjoy a good book. Every Monday for an hour after school Senior students buddy up with Grade 4 students to read together. These aren’t your average Grade 4 students either. My buddy Macy must be one of the smartest girls I’ve ever met. We recently read a book on the holocaust that she described as a “tragic but meaningful story.” We read another book where she informed me that the pictures seemed to be inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night.

The book we’re reading right now is about the slave trade and she knows more about the underground railway than I do. I have a feeling it’s the Senior students that enjoy Buddy Reading the most. It gives us a chance to step out of our extreme schedules and slow down our pace as we enter yet another week. It’s my chance to be the older sibling for once, and to share laughs and stories with all the smiling kids. If we’re lucky, we can finish off with an intense game of ‘Jenga’ or ‘Don’t Wake Daddy’.

Thanks to Buddy Reading I have a reason to look forward to Monday evenings!

A paragraph from Macy (my little buddy):
I think it it’s really great that kids from the Junior Achool can come and read with students from the Senior School. I’m reading a book called “Steal Away to Freedom” and me and my partner Kelly take turns reading chapters. We spend half an hour reading then we have a choice of playing games or reading some more. I always have a good time at Buddy Reading!


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