The Buddy Program matches one CVU student with one kindergarten through fourth-grade student at a local elementary school. For either a semester or a full school year buddies work one-on-one and typically spend time reading, talking, helping with class work, or playing games. CVU students act as role models for elementary buddies and give them the attention that can make a difference in their school day. The classroom teacher supervises Buddy activities and offers guidance as needed.
Buddies meet twice a week Monday through Thursday based on when the CVU student has a free block. CVU buddies travel to the elementary school Monday/Wednesday one week and Tuesday/Thursday the next. Students spend about one hour each day with their student. Participating schools are Shelburne, Charlotte, Williston (both Allen Brook and Williston Central) and Hinesburg.
Elementary school buddies are recommended for the Buddy Program by their teacher or guidance counselor. Parent permission is obtained and teachers schedule Buddy time based on the academic schedule. CVU students are interviewed and attend a Buddy training session. Buddy matches are made by elementary school guidance counselors and take into consideration gender, interests, personality and schedules.
There are two group activities during the year, a mid-year celebration in January and an end-of-year celebration in May. These are held at CVU. Buses transport elementary buddies to CVU for games, crafts, and snacks. Elementary school guidance counselors also attend. For exact dates, visit the schedule page.