Students at Eagle Point Elementary School in Candace Toth 4th grade class and Jennifer Naramore’s 3rd grade class celebrated the end of the school year with their “Computer Buddies.”
Sponsored by the school district/community LINK-ages Committee and RSVP of Dane County, the pen-pal program pairs volunteers ages 55+ with students. The Computer Buddies program fosters positive relationships between the generations and helps enhance children’s literacy skills. Students and their pen pals exchanged e-mails with each other throughout the second semester. On May 16th, the older adults met their young buddy in person for the first time and enjoyed refreshments and classroom activities together.
Before participating, each adult volunteer completed an application, submitted to a background investigation, and attended a quick orientation for the program.