Jenny Hixson, a teacher at Roger Corbett Elementary, had an intriguing idea during a road trip. What would happen if there was a collaboration between her third-grade students and nearby Wooster High School? Her fellow third-grade teachers (Ileana Arellano, Lateisha Sheldon, Sarah Vollenhals, and Heidi Burt) and their school principal, Denise Dufrene, loved the idea and marched over to Wooster High to propose the idea. Wooster Leadership teacher Amanda Pippin and Wooster Principal Leah Keuscher agreed and the result is Woo-Betts, a team project between students at Wooster High and Corbett Elementary.
Wooster High School students serve as mentors to more than 100 students at Corbett Elementary School, helping their “littles” with math, reading, writing, and more. Mentors serve as role models and exercise their leadership skills with the younger students while helping them forge a love for learning. Wooster and Corbett students were paired according to personality profiles, and this has resulted in many close friendships, but the connection doesn’t stop there. The Corbett students and Wooster students have attended community and school events together, including a talent show and Ace’s baseball game. Ms. Hixson said the best result is the feeling of community between the neighborhood schools. She said her students love their Woo-Betts days so much that nobody is ever absent from school that day!