LEADERSHIP KNOWS NO AGE: Coesse kids buddy up for learning

COLUMBIA CITY — At Coesse Elementary School, there’s no age limit when it comes to being a role model.Students are paired up in a buddy program that places older elementary students in a mentoring role.The program has been around for several years, and according to Lori Heuer, a fourth-grade teacher, and Jessica Sheckler, a third-grade teacher, mentoring opportunities have brought out the best in their pupils.“These kids take pride in helping their buddy out,” Sheckler said. “They know they are responsible for what their buddy is doing. Because of that, the older students are better behaved and follow directions better. They want to set a good example.”Once a week, kindergarten children pair up one-to-one with third graders and first graders are matched up with fourth graders.As a pair, the classes join together for reading and math activities as well as field trips.To read the rest of this story, see the Oct. 10 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.