The Buddy Program, implemented by Pre K Teacher Amy Morton and supported by the Arlington Civic Council at the Arlington Early Childhood Program had high praise from parents and visitors on June 12, the last day of school. The "buddy" this year was a Pirate Parrot stuffed animal.
The program encourages interaction with schools throughout the United States and this year's buddy visited schools in Hampton, Virginia, Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Kentucky and Norco, Louisiana.
The Parrot was transported via the US mail and was returned to the school with photos and journal entries depicting the events the Pirate parrot participated in.
"The children would check regularly to find out if the bird had returned to school. It was a great deal of fun and I am so pleased that we could be a part of it", said Teri Cataldo, president of the Arlington Civic Council.
The last day of school also brought a visit from the real Pirate Parrot as a special thank you to all the children in the Pre-K classes.
"They worked so hard and learned so much this year that we thought we would celebrate with a grand finale," Ms. Cataldo said. Children were treated to cookies and drinks and one-on-one visits with the parrot.
Next year's traveling buddy program is already in the works.