One of the advantages to having several school buildings in close proximity is the potential for ongoing connections between our youngest and oldest learners! These important connections happen twice weekly on 131st Street, when the Fishers Reading Tigers walk across the road to meet their reading buddies at Sand Creek Elementary.
The FHS Reading Tigers program, now in its second year, pairs young readers with high school students who serve as peer tutors. This year, before reading buddy matches were made, Media Specialist Renee Isom and senior Alicia Macchione, club president, educated potential peer tutors on the basics of young children’s literature and literacy instruction in order to prepare students for their role.
Walk into Sand Creek during the last half hour of the elementary school day on a Monday or Wednesday, and you’ll be sure to see reading partners throughout the halls, engrossed in stories and conversation. Each FHS teen reader connects weekly with his or her very own reading buddy. New friends are reading and learning together. Connections within a learning community. Part of the HSE21 educational experience.