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With thanks to Rosemary Fetter, the trustworthy chronicler of our school's history: 

The buddy program is not new -- it began in the early 1980’s and is still is an essential part of the school’s goal of community building.

Team leaders work together to pair kindergarten and fourth grade, first and sixth grade, second and seventh grade, third and eighth grade, fourth and ninth grade. 
Both Margaret Akolt, a former first grade and kindergarten teacher, and Parthenia Williams, at that time a fourth-grade teacher, praised the K-fourth grade pairing. Parthenia noted that the fourth graders enjoyed being the older buddy. Margaret commented on the activities. ‘We read books together, did service-learning, writing activities, science and art activities, and homework. We made gingerbread houses at Christmas and fourth-grade buddies helped younger friends make horses for the Kindergarten and Pre-first Rodeo.”

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.