Karen Parker decided to make a certain second-grade student her buddy.
The Supply Elementary School teacher assistant realized the child, who came from a disadvantaged home, was having behavioral issues at school and needed individualized attention.
To be her buddy, the student was to listen to all teachers and do as he was told. In exchange, the student was allowed to help Parker with various classroom duties.
“It didn’t take but just a few days, and he was my buddy,” Parker said.