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The buddy system
Similarities outnumber differences for CES students
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Camden Elementary School students Myeisha Stuckey, Diamond Black and Desani Canty paint snowflakes together in Renee Thompsons classroom. Each year, students from Thompsons self-contained special needs class pair up with a group of fourth-graders in Jennifer Ellis class. - photo by Ashley Lewis Ford
Friday afternoon, four students in Renee Thompson’s class were treated as celebrities. A class of fourth-graders crowded around the popular students in the Camden Elementary School classroom, vying for their attention while always making sure that each of the four students was enjoying himself or herself. They spent an hour playing and reading with the four children -- all of whom were in Thompson’s self-contained special needs class.