Hope students create stained glass art
Hope — Students at Hope Elementary School take part a monthly "Buddy Activity" where middle school students are paired with a little (kindergarten through grade 4) buddy for mentoring activities. Each activity is centered around a theme, and for the month of December the theme was "Stained Glass Art." The pre-algebra class has been working with linear equations and have created a few stained glass pieces, so the theme continued with the buddy project.
With the help of librarian Amy Gertner and many parent volunteers, the students took part in a school-wide activity involving crafts to catch the minimal light we have during these dark winter days.
The big buddies become a huge part of their little buddy's experience at school. They are mentors and role models, sometimes having lunch with their buddies. Each pairing stays together for up to four years, until the fifth-graders then graduate and become "Bigs" for the incoming kindergarteners.
"It creates a feeling of family and support, and I believe it's an integral part of the way our school functions," Gertner said.
It was a huge success, thanks to many parent volunteers. The school plans to donate these sun-catchers to the Pen Bay Medical Center to spread light during this holiday season. Students are also writing small tray cards for patients at the hospital.