"What do you call a bear with no teeth?"
"A gummi bear"
"How do you know the ocean is friendly?"
"It keeps waving."
These were just two of the nuggets of humor shared at today's buddy assembly at Sacandaga Elementary School by teams of students - one student in grade 5 and one in a younger grade. Tall and short. Loud and quiet. The differences were obvious but the jokes and songs brought them together.
Students also sang "The 12 Days of Summer," with a close parallel to the "12 Days of Christmas."
They also sang "One, Two Buckle my Shoe" and "Love Grows" during the event for parents, friends and other students.
The buddy program this year paired students in Jeannine Dowdle's grade 5 class with Kimberly Lavery's kindergarten class; students in Robert Gula's grade 5 class with students in Beau Adkin's grade 1 class; and students in Pam Hotaling's grade 5 class with students in Megan Gilligan's grade 1 class.
Dowdle said the students throughout the year have met weekly and typically read together.
Here are a few pictures from the assembly at Sacandaga. Click on the image to enlarge it.