May 02, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Instead of pulling out their homework after school last week as they would typically do at Linntown Intermediate School in Lewisburg, 27 fourth and fifth grade students hit the playground for an Academic Field Day with their Bucknell Buddies.

Volunteers and staff from Bucknell University worked with teams of four elementary students, escorting them to 10 different stations with educational fun and games in language arts and mathematics.

The field day was arranged by Bucknell University's Service-Learning and Community and Volunteer Services programs as a culmination of this year's Bucknell Buddies program.

Language and math
The five language art stations required the teams to solve linguistic puzzles, visually interpret a myth, answer trivia questions about the 50 states, and write synopses of their favorite movies.

At the five mathematics stations, students engaged in a physical task – counting the number of times they could shoot a basket on the court or using masking tape to create triangles within a square – and a mathematical problem-solving task – multiplying the number of baskets by 25 cents, or moving numbers and arithmetic signs around to produce the largest numerical answer.

Students received ice pops and water at half-time and prizes at the end of the event.

Local tutoring program
Bucknell Buddies is an after-school homework help and tutoring program where college students work with local youngsters to help them stay on track and be successful in school. It is a joint venture of the Office of Service-Learning and the education department at Bucknell University, and Kelly Elementary and Linntown Intermediate Schools.

Education majors, students studying child development, and interested volunteers gain experience working with children while the elementary kids get extra help and individual attention focused on developing academic competence as well as math and reading skills. This year a total of 109 children and 135 college tutors participated in the program.

For more information, contact Bucknell VISTA coordinator Ed Carney at 577-3455 or

Linntown Intermediate School students and college volunteers gather round as Poppy Goforth, Director of Community Services at Bucknell University, (wearing sun-glasses) distributes prizes at the end of the Academic Field Day held for participants of the Bucknell Buddies after-school program. 

Contact: Division of Communications

Posted May 2, 2008