Making book buddies |

Making book buddies

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Charlie Hernandez, left, and Mark Nowakowsky, right, read "The Book Of Answers" to Carriage House kid Austin Oblas Monday afternoon as part of the Upper Blue fifth grade reading exchange program.

BRECKENRIDGE – Carriage House preschoolers are learning to love literacy with some help from the big kids around the block.Through Upper Blue Elementary’s reading exchange program, Breckenridge-area fifth-graders visit the nearby preschool once a month to get the little ones amped up on books.

“It’s good for our kids,” said Carriage House teacher Carson Baker. “They always look up to anybody older than them. They see that these kids can read, and it makes them want to be able to do it, too.”The fifth-graders pair off one on one with the preschool’s 4- and 5-year-olds, establishing a reading relationship that will last the whole school year.

Upper Blue teacher Chris Chambers has been working with her students to ask questions of the younger kids as they turn the pages.”With our kids, it helps them make predictions and interpret clues the title might have. For the older kids, they learn to talk on the little kids’ level and ask questions about the literature,” Carson said.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or

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