Peer Pals Program Takes a Farm Field Trip

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

Several dozen students from Waterman Elementary School enjoyed a day at the farm Friday, thanks to a Project 3 grant.

The Peer Pals program has nearly 30 mainstream students who volunteer their time either before school, during their lunch or even recess to go and help out in two special needs classes.

The student volunteers help with homework, assist teachers and just hang out with the special needs students.

On Friday, they took an end-of-year field trip to a teacher's farm with the help of a Project 3 grant.

They did things like bottle feed calves, shoot off rockets, had a picnic and some even saw a calf being born.

Teachers in the program say it's made a community feeling at the school and been a great experience for the children.

"Well just helping them is fun for me, but also that they've improved on doing their work," says Nick Powell, who volunteers with Peer Pals.

"I've learned that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, like some people are really good at other stuff and then we're better at some things and they're a lot better at stuff than we are too," says another volunteer, Melanie Lewis.

The program began this past fall, and it received the grant in January.


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