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Beta Club Shares Love of Reading With Elementary Buddies

The banner created by the Parkwood High School Beta Club and the second graders at Prospect Elementary School.

 On Thursday, October 9th, 42 members of the Parkwood High School Beta Club traveled to three elementary schools in the Parkwood cluster: Waxhaw Elementary, Western Union Elementary and Prospect Elementary. At each school, the high school students paired up with second graders to be their “Beta Buddies”. They talked with their new elementary age friends about Beta Club, the importance of reading and then they read an international folktale aloud to them. After hearing the stories, the second graders made mini-books to post on a banner for each school that states, “Making Global History With Beta Buddies”. Jennifer Stephenson, a second grade teacher at Waxhaw Elementary welcomed the high school students into her classroom. “This was my first experience with the Beta buddies and I couldn’t have been more pleased or impressed! It is so important for young children to see older children enjoying reading and modeling a love of reading as well as good reading habits. The excitement Beta buddies brought to our classrooms was contagious and I can’t wait to welcome them again!” Naomi, a student in Stephenson’s class at Waxhaw Elementary added, “I thought I was nice of them to come and read with us and it was a fun experience." Another Waxhaw student named Riley said, "I really liked the book we read and getting to decorate the pages. The girl that I read with was a lot of fun. We had a good time."

As a parting gift, the Beta Club members presented each of the second graders with a Beanie Baby to serve as his or her reading buddy. Anytime they want someone to read with, the second graders can now read to their Beanie Babies. The second grade students were delighted with the Beanie Babies and cannot wait for their Beta Buddies to come back and visit them this spring. Caleb, another Waxhaw second-grader said, “I also really liked the Beanie Baby because I will remember my buddy. I like the writing part because it helped me remember the story.” Vinson Covington and Megan Clement, the faculty sponsors for Beta Club at Parkwood High School, are already planning a return trip so the club members can see their second grade friends again this spring. Second grade teacher Sarah Whitmore said, "I loved watching my kids interact with the stories in a different way. They were engaged and interested the entire time."

Written by: Lisa Moniz, Library Media Coordinator
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 by Lisa Moniz

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