Honor Society Students Take Book Buddies Virtual

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High School East incoming senior Isabella Surrusco recently helped facilitate a quarantine version of a service project done by the National English Honor Society this school year.

Isabella is the historian of the school’s NEHS. One of her favorite activities done through the NEHS is book buddies. “We have devoted an afternoon or two [per year] to visit an elementary school in the Smithtown Central School District, read to the students, and do an activity with them,” she said. “Due to the coronavirus and the closing of schools, we missed out on opportunities like this one and to share our love for English.”

The NEHS officers, along with their adviser Ms. Kostopoulos, brainstormed new ways to keep the book buddies running during the quarantine. “My idea was to create a virtual book buddies,” said Isabella. “I created a Flipgrid account where our NEHS members could upload videos of themselves reading either a book, short story or poem. My idea was to send these videos, or the link to them, to the elementary school students, who might have a harder time learning under the circumstances or might want to hear some literature read to them. I have received more than 20 videos from club members.”