By Ethan Colbert
For several years, Bowling Green R-I School District’s Social Worker and Counselor Becky Orf has watched from afar as neighboring school districts created their own “Lunch Buddy” programs.
Now, after years of waiting, Orf and the Bowling Green R-I School District administration are preparing to launch the program at both Bowling Green and Frankford Elementary schools.
The Lunch Buddy program involves a half-hour a week commitment in which an adult meets with an assigned student at the school to eat lunch and to talk.
“This is something that I have always wanted to do ever since I started looking into Bright Futures,” Orf said in an interview last week. “I think it is important for us to have role models from the community in the school as much as possible.”
According to Orf, the Lunch Buddy program is need of volunteers.
Volunteers can range from working young professionals to older retired adults. She said she hopes that the Lunch Buddies will talk with the students about a wide range of topics — school, life, family, interests, hobbies, movies, or sports.
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