Being a large and growing school corporation may have its challenges (for instance, higher traffic volume at certain times of day!). But size also has its advantages. School buildings are popping up close to one another, which opens the doors–literally–to connected learning opportunities! HSE Freshman Campus Media Specialist Kristen Distler decided to take advantage of her advantage, in that her building sits right next door to Fall Creek Elementary. Knowing the impact that motivated older students can have on our youngest learners, Distler designed the Reading Royals partnership.
The new club is open to all freshman campus students with a desire to share their love of learning with their younger peers. As of this month forty freshman are involved in the partnership. Freshman Lauren Swenson sums up what motivates Reading Royals: “I joined because I thought it would be fun to help out kids. I like spending time with them. It’s fun because all of the freshman are together reading with the kids.”
Reading Royals walk next door twice monthly to read and learn with Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Blount’s classes. Says Distler, “The high school kids usually do a learning game for the first fifteen minutes and then read with the third graders for fifteen minutes. We hope we can foster the love of reading along with building some good mentoring relationships.” Learning together and sharing our learning. HSE21.