LMS students team up with first-grade reading buddies

LMS students team up with first-grade reading buddies
Posted on 03/02/2018

Leal Middle School students are working one-on-one with first-grade students at Stonewall Flanders Elementary in a fun, new way.

A group of LMS students from the dual-language program and student-led organization IMPACT will spend half a day with the first-graders to become reading buddies in an effort to improve their literacy skills.

“We thought it would be good for first-graders and our middle school kids to build that positive relationship,” LMS Teacher Olivia Robinson said. “When I asked the kids if they were interested in becoming reading buddies, their faces lit up and couldn’t wait to meet the kids.”

The LMS dual-language students were paired up with the dual-language classrooms at Stonewall Flanders Elementary, while the rest of the IMPACT students visited the other first-grade classrooms.

“The teachers set up stations for them to help out on their literacy, since reading is something that this campus struggles with,” Robinson added. “So, they’re reading is English and Spanish and working on sight words, which is awesome.”

Leal MS seventh-grade student Erick Perez really enjoyed his time with the younger kids.

“It’s been so fun with all the kids, it’s a new experience,” he said. “They always want to read to me, which is nice. I’m very excited to be doing this.”

Classmate Juliette Hernandez agreed.

“It’s been fun interacting with the kids, I already have a best friend,” she said. “They’re adorable, and they love to learn. I’m looking forward to coming back.”
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