As part of the Soundview experience, Middle Schoolers partner with younger students and engage in an on-campus experience called learning buddies. This year, the middle school is working exclusively with the Early Childhood students and each middle schooler is paired with one or two students as his or her buddy.
This last week middle schoolers made gifts to give their buddies which included cards, paper airplanes, origami, paper-made books, and more. After presenting their buddies with gifts, the buddies spent the rest of the time reading, playing games, building blocks, engaging in play, and getting to know each other.
Later in the year, the buddies will be lunching together, decorating holiday gifts, and continuing their year long partnership. These on-campus collaborations are ones the students talk frequently about and help them get to know each other better as a community!