What is the Buddy Program?
The 6th, 7th and 8th graders have very special friends at Sheboygan Leadership Academy. Through a unique mentoring program, 6th graders are paired with 4K students, 7th graders are paired with Kindergartners, and 8th grade students have 1st grade buddies. Middle school students and their buddies get together for special projects, field trips, and service activities. It is wonderful to see a middle school student helping a young student learn an academic concept, tie a shoe, or play a new game.
What do the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students get from this?
They have an opportunity to become role models, to be a teacher to a younger student while still allowing them to be kids themselves. Where else but in a small 4K-8 setting would you find middle school age children running across a gymnasium in order to hug their first grade friend?