ERIC Number: ED429260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Lunch Buddies: A Program To Involve Caring Adults.
Howell, John F.
This paper discusses two programs implemented at elementary schools where volunteer adults became involved in the lives of at-risk students. In the Lunch Buddy program, adults had lunch with their child once a week and talked with them. Within the Caring Adult program the children met weekly with an adult, but the adults rotated. The Lunch Buddies did not offer academic assistance other than possibly helping with homework whereas the Caring Adults provided tutoring services. A program evaluation design was created from a set of variables identified by the program administrators that they hoped would be effected by the two programs. Those variables were: attitude toward school, the student's work ethic, student motivation, the student's attendance, the student's work habits, student cooperation, the student's attention span, the student's self-confidence, the student's social skills, and the student's grades and work quality. Classroom teachers were asked about these variables for both the students involved in the programs and students not involved in the programs. Results indicate that the Lunch Buddy program had the most positive results in terms of change, especially in attitude, work ethic, motivation, social skills, and work quality. Iowa Test of Basic Skills change favored the Caring Adult program students. Five tables show statistical results of the study. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999). Paper prepared "with Sally A. Wittenberg, Sharyn Holstead, [and] assisted by Denise Cogman and Susan Johnson.