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Empowering Elementary School Children to Live Healthier Lives

"I think all of us big buddies can help children because we relate to them and we can help them with things they might not understand."
Kelly, grade 7

About the Program:

Social Responsibility

In the first two weeks of the program, students are directly taught how to work together as buddies. In spending time to set expectations and teach "how to encourage your buddy" teachers are providing a strong foundation for the remainder of the lessons. These skills are transferable to the students' lives outside of school.

As older students assume an active role in the younger buddies' instruction, they learn the material well enough to teach it, also increasing their own understanding of the program content. The older students are empowered to be positive role models: beginning from their own starting points and choosing to live healthier lives, one step at a time. This helps create a positive school climate!

In the interviews and surveys with staff and students we found that this Social Responsibility outcome of the program was highly valued. There was a noticeable difference in the quality of the student interactions on the playground, in the hallways, as well as during the lessons.

In the British Columbia school environment, the two areas of Social Responsibility strongly addressed by the Healthy Buddies Program™ are Contributing to the Classroom and Community and Solving Problems in Peaceful Ways.

This resource also depends on teachers working together; further reinforcing and modeling the importance of people helping each other learn.

For further information on social responsibility in British Columbia schools, visit the Networks of Inquiry and Innovation.

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