Heathwood has long realized that pairing young learners with older students accelerates the learning process for both. Our Reading Buddies, Math Buddies, and Biology Buddies programs allow students of different ages to explore core subjects together. The younger students gain confidence when they realize they can contribute meaningfully to a joint project with an older student. The older ones see a subject through fresh eyes when they introduce it to younger ones who are encountering it for the first time. And the whole school community is strengthened by the friendships students make across grade levels.