Blessed Sacrament School Savannah Buddy Program

One of our most cherished programs at Blessed Sacrament School is our class buddy program. This program employs “buddy programs” in which our upper-grade students read and/or complete activities or projects with our younger children. Our buddy programs provide our children with stimulating learning and skill development opportunities.

Younger children especially enjoy the one-to-one attention they receive from their older buddies. They comment, “He makes me feel special. He says nice things to me!” and “We do lots of fun things together. She`s my friend.”

Our teachers report that participation in buddy programs enhances children`s cooperative learning behaviors such as taking turns, listening, sharing knowledge, praising others’ efforts, helping one another, and completing a task. As the older students assume the role of teacher, they are motivated to do their best. They experience pride in their ability to be helpful. The younger children bond with the older buddy, and friendships flourish as the year progresses.

Buddy classes start each fall and meet weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly throughout the year. The children usually spend between 30 to 40 minutes together.

Buddy programs promote a favorable school atmosphere. In some cases, students sit with their buddies during Mass or have time together on the playground. Some younger students make posters and cheer for their older buddies who are on sports teams. Treats are sometimes shared for holiday celebrations, and students may exchange notes or cards for special occasions.