We started our Buddy Program almost 20 years ago. Each class between preschool and fifth grade is paired with another class at least two years apart. Throughout the school year the two classes participate in various activities together, such as reading to each other, working on art projects together, doing service projects, etc. The buddy concept is a win-win combination. The younger class looks up to their BIG buddies (“Teacher, I saw MY buddy at recess time today!”) and the older class enjoys teaching and nurturing their younger buddies.