A trial literacy buddy program has arrived at GPS and 5J took the opportunity to become “Little Buddy’s” to a corporate company known as Cuscal. The program consists of sending 2 screened letters per term (similar to the ‘penpal’ system) to professionals within the workforce. Students plan, draft and publish their letters in accordance with their classes writing cycle, drawing upon critical thinking, varied language and creativity.
Their letters include:
* Deeper level questions for their buddies. For example- What are the most important things to you and why?
* Information about who they are.
* Personal touches such as pictures and drawings, individual interests and favourite things.
They were very surprised at how much they had in common with their “Big Buddy’s” and look forward to continuing their communication throughout the year.