STOWE PA – A Pottsgrove Middle School student has shown she didn’t forget her roots while moving up the academic ladder.
Macey Long, a seventh-grader at the middle school on North Hanover Street, Pottstown, received her elementary education in Stowe. She recently returned there with a gift in hand, according to West Pottsgrove Elementary teacher Marianne Harrison … a tutoring program Long instituted specifically for first- and second-graders.
When the Pottsgrove School District reorganized its buildings last year into grade-level education centers, one of its sacrifices was to end the elementary schools’ “Big Buddy” program. Under it, children in upper grades offered assistance and friendship to those younger than themselves. Long herself had been involved as a Big Buddy.
As West Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementaries shifted from serving grades 1-5 to only grades 1-2, however, Big Buddies were no longer available.
Long is a Girl Scout attempting to earn her Silver Award, and she was casting about for a community project that would meet scouting objectives and provide a service to others. Her solution was to organize a group of six middle school friends and herself who trek weekly out to West Pottsgrove to recreate the Big Buddy experience.
Harrison reports the group arrives on Tuesdays to help selected West pupils with reading skills. When reading’s done, they take a 5- to 10-minute break playing in the school’s gym or outside, and then finish their session working on the school’s “Ticket To Read” initiative.
Long and her friends have been of real value helping younger pupils gain ground on the reading ability essential to their future, Harrison indicated. And that scouting Silver Award? It’s not far off, either.
Photo from the Pottsgrove School District