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Bronxville Union Free School District

‘Lunch Buddies’ Serve as Role Models for Younger Students

Bronxville Elementary School fifth-graders have taken on leadership roles to work with second- and third-grade students during lunch and recess as part of the school’s Lunch Buddy program.

Through the volunteer program, the older students have the opportunity to build relationships with the younger students, serve as role models for them and assist in various ways during lunch and recess.

“The students who are involved are not only responsible, but they are very warm and giving and really understand what it takes to engage with and help a younger student,” said Assistant Principal Adrienne Laitman, who also meets the fifth-graders once a week for leadership training that primarily focuses on enhancing their communication and conflict resolution skills.

A group of fifth-grade students eat lunch with second-graders and spend their recess with second- and third-graders every other day over the course of six weeks before another group assumes responsibility. Even though they’re giving up time with their own peers, the students said they’ve gained so much more in return.

“I love playing with the little kids and I just love hanging out with them because they have all these creative ways to play games and ways to help each other,” said fifth-grader Beatrice, who recently played basketball and spent time on the swings and slide with a group of younger students during recess. “They have someone to look up to and someone who is older to be their friend.”

The program helps enhance the students’ leadership skills and provides an opportunity for them to be engaged citizens, which are skills closely aligned with the dispositions of the Bronxville Promise.

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