We Need You to be a Book Buddy

Do you enjoy reading and helping elementary school kids?  If so, the Young Lawyers Section hopes that you will be a Book Buddy this school year.  As GBA member Richard Hicks, a Book Buddies volunteer, said, “I have found reading to the children to be a very rewarding experience.  I suspect that I have benefited from it more than they have.”

An excited group of YLS Book Buddies at Hampton Elementary

An excited group of YLS Book Buddies at Hampton Elementary

Book Buddies is a volunteer program that YLS created and supports every year.  The program pairs lawyers with classrooms at Hampton Elementary to read aloud to the class for a half-hour every few weeks.  The great thing about the program is that it’s flexible—once you’re paired with a classroom, you work with the teacher to schedule mutually agreeable reading times.  At the end of the school year, YLS also purchases books so that each Book Buddy can deliver a book to every kid in his or her classroom—the kids love it!

Our goal is to fully staff Hampton’s pre-K through second-grade classes and expand to another Guilford County school.  Book Buddies is open to all GBA members, so you don’t have to be a young lawyer to volunteer with us.  To find out more about Book Buddies and how you can volunteer, please email Whit Pierce at whit.pierce@smithmoorelaw.com.

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