Teachers' Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN BE A BUSTER BUDDY?
Fifth grade students or older can participate.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
Students must demonstrate responsibility, express a genuine desire to help younger students, attend a three-hour training session, be willing to give up one lunch recess weekly, and have a positive attitude.
HOW LONG IS THE TRAINING?
The training for the Buster Buddies is three hours outside of school time.
WHERE AND WHEN DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
Locations vary and are offered across Placer County. Contact us for a schedule or to schedule training at your school.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR SELECTING THE BIGGER BUDDIES?
Schools have flexibility in the selection process. Our organization can provide a sample Buster Buddies’ application and interview questionnaire upon request. Rock Creek Elementary in Auburn selected students who participated in the Sight Word Busters service as Little Buddies when they were in kindergarten and first grade to serve as Bigger Buddies now and these students have become proficient tutors in record time. Serving as a Buster Buddy could also be a golden opportunity to help a youngster headed in the wrong direction – providing a means for receiving positive reinforcement for positive action.
WHEN DO THE BUSTER BUDDIES VOLUNTEER?
Currently, our Bigger Buddies volunteer during their lunch recess. Buster Buddies eat lunch and then travel to the designated classroom with their partners. Each partner is responsible for seeing one half of the students in the classroom which takes less than 30 minutes.
WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DOES THE SCHOOL HAVE?
A thirty-minute meeting with the SWB Coordinator is required for all teachers involved. This meeting can be held on the school site before or after school.
Fifth grade teachers need to remind the Bigger Buddies to report for duty on the designated day, especially in the beginning.
Kinder and 1st grade teachers need to provide a work area inside the classroom for the Bigger Buddies to use.
IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL COST TO THE SCHOOL FOR BUSTER BUDDIES?
Absolutely not. These students help make up the team of volunteers for classrooms receiving the service.