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Elementary Classrooms Go Global With Beta Club Buddies

Senior Beta Club member, Courtney Dennis, reads The Empty Pot to 2nd graders at Prospect Elementary School as part of the Beta Club "Book Buddies" program.

Members of the Parkwood High Beta Club visited second grade classrooms at Prospect Elementary on Thursday, December 13, 2012 to read and discuss internationally-themed books like The Story of Ferdinand set in Spain, The Empty Pot in China, and The Pumpkin Runner in Australia. Under the direction of the club sponsor, Vinson Covington, and the second grade Global Teacher, Karen Picerno, Parkwood's Beta Club members became "Book Buddies" for Prospect's second graders.

First, students introduced themselves and formed small groups. After reading the books aloud, Beta Club members listened to the six- and seven-year-olds read poems, and then everyone completed a coloring activity. Club treasurer Ashlynn Jones enjoyed teaching the kids valuable lessons about education. And senior Arielle Loftis said, “Childhood is the most impressionable and important part of a person's life. It is important for these kids to have positive influences that encourage education and learning early on because it stays with them.”

Senior John Rorie enjoyed the morning because “I think little kids are awesome and precious, and it's amazing and refreshing to interact with a few every now and then.” Senior Sidney Scott was also refreshed; she enjoyed returning “to that stage of innocence and purity. For instance, one of my buddies guessed that I was 13 and said ‘It's so cool that you're in high school!’ That kind of lifted my senioritis-stricken spirits.”

The “Beta Buddies” plan to visit the other elementary schools in the Parkwood cluster this spring. Senior Sidney Scott says, “I would love to do this again both at Prospect to follow up with our buddies and at the other surrounding schools to make new buddies.”

Written by: Alisha Newton, 12th grade student
Edited by: Regina Snelson
Posted: Jan 22, 2013 by Regina Snelson

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