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 playing games, reading, talking, or helping with class work. CVU students act as role models for elementary buddies and give them the attention that can make a difference in their school day. Activites are supervised by the classroom teacher.
There are two group activites 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. CVU Buddies help plan this event. For exact dates, visit the schedule page.
Buddies meet twice a week Monday through Thursday during the students' free block. Students spend about one hour each day with their student. Participating schools are Shelburne, Charlotte, Williston (both Allen Brook and Williston Central) and Hinesburg.
CVU students must have a free block to consistently commit to Buddy time. They may volunteer for one semester or a full school year. Interested students may obtain an application from MaryAnne Gatos which must be returned, signed by the student, parent, and CVU Advisor. All CVU Buddies attend a brief interview and training session before being matched with a younger buddy. Click here for an application.
Successful completion of an interview and participation in an evening training session is required of CVU Buddies in order to be matched with a younger student. Students are then introduced to their classroom host teacher to learn about the younger student and his/her class and schedule. Once a commitment is made to the Buddy Program, CVU students are expected to be reliable and consistent.