Bowling Green ENL Buddies Celebrate

Bowling Green ENL Buddies Celebrate photo

New friendships were celebrated at Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow School District on the afternoon of June 15, as students and teachers in the English as a New Language Buddy Reading Program gathered to mark the progress made during the first-year initiative. 

English language learners in different grades were chosen to participate in the pilot program and buddy up with a designated mentor who is also a student at the school. Throughout the year, the buddies developed a bond as they met to read to each other, play games, and discuss life at home and school. Most importantly, the program enabled students to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing in English in a risk-free environment.

As a highlight of the year-end celebration, students and teachers read books that different buddy pairs had written and illustrated together. There were also a variety of game stations, as well as prizes and certificates given to both mentors and mentees.

Bowling Green congratulates all of the students that participated and made new friends!