SCDS's K/8 buddy program is a beloved tradition for both new and veteran students. Each year, kindergarten students are paired with one to two eighth graders who become close friends, beginning with a warm welcome at the first All-School Assembly and ending with a goodbye assembly at the end of the year. Friendships grow as buddies see each other every month, either to carve pumpkins, decorate gingerbread houses, take field trips to the zoo, exchange holiday cards, perform at the Spring concert, or just enjoy each other's company in the classroom.
Students in other divisions also provide support to their younger peers. Third grade students visit the kindergarten class on a weekly basis to read, play games, or share their work, and second grade students have kindergarten reading buddies. This program provides older students with increased responsibilities and mentorship opportunities, and it especially helps our youngest students build relationships, feel supported, and develop social skills when relating to older peers.