Hopatcong, NJ – Hopatcong School District teachers Mr. Norm Sutton (a third-grade teacher), Miss Michelle Gates and Ms. Alana Stager (both sixth-grade Language Arts teachers) have recently introduced a unique cooperative project to their students called The Story Buddy Project.  The project was created with the intentions to promote a sense of community between grade levels and school buildings.

The Story Buddy project pairs together Hopatcong Middle School and Tulsa Trail Elementary students for a collaborative writing assignment and a lesson that will project beyond the classroom. The students correspond through friendly letters and pose interview questions in order to learn more about their Buddy, very similar to a Pen Pal.

Students from their respective grade level will soon compile the answers and write a narrative story starring their Story Buddy. The students will chronicle an adventure that their Story Buddy will undertake while incorporating the answers received from the questionnaire. At the end of the project, the students will be able to swap their stories.

The feedback from the students has been extremely positive and all involved are enthusiastic about the project. They are excited to share their story with their Buddy.

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