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Alumni Post: Looking Back at Reading Buddies

When I think back on my time in Gamma and all the amazing service projects I had the opportunity of experiencing, I am quickly reminded of Reading Buddies at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. This project focuses on engaging with local elementary students and helping them during their afterschool homework program. I have a passion for education and not only did this project allow me to further my experience within the education system, it also gave me the opportunity to directly service students in need on a weekly basis. Reading Buddies is more than just answering questions about math or english, but rather a project that allows volunteers to listen and learn from students that do not always have a place within school. I am grateful for my time at Beverly J. Martin, the warm smiles, endless laughs, genuine hearts, and of course, the countless picture books.

By: Sydney Smith, Alumnus