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Writing Buddies is a volunteer program that pairs adults one-on-one with elementary schoolkids in the classroom to write stories.

Kenya and Kathy Alt


Writing Buddies volunteer Kathy and her Writing Buddy Kenya are both very happy with their stories.


Writing Buddies offers six-week writing sessions during the school year in local first-, second-, and third-grade classes.

Time Commitment: Two hours, once a week, for six weeks.

Volunteers receive complete training. You do not need to be a teacher or writer to be a Writing Buddy.

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“I watched this team of volunteers in action last year as they used my room for training and Writing Buddies. The results were amazing! Not just academically,  but emotionally,  because the impact of a caring mentor is invaluable. I am thrilled to have them join Birch Lane.”     

   --Jim Knight, Principal, Birch Lane
Elementary School, Davis, CA

“I love the Writing Buddies program and feel that it is so important for our kids to have this one-on-one time with their writing friends. It models good writing, good learning, and community concern and interest in our students. . . . Plus the kids have fun in doing it.”

--Sally Plicka, Principal, Marguerite Montgomery
Elementary School, Davis, CA