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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.