Adults needed to be Lunch Buddy mentors

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Elementary school children in Vancouver Public Schools are waiting for an adult Lunch Buddy mentor to meet them over a school lunch once a week. The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools' Lunch Buddy Program is recruiting adult volunteers for 2013-14.

Buddies share a 45-minute lunch with the same student once a week for the duration of the academic year. After eating lunch, the student and mentor play board games, work on a craft, read or talk. More than 400 students in 19 elementary schools benefit annually from the Lunch Buddy program.

Adults interested in becoming a Lunch Buddy should attend an informational meeting from noon to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Road. To register and order an optional $5 box lunch, call Marija Hobbs at 360-313-4725 or email LunchBuddy@vansd.org. For program details, call 360-313-4725 or visit http://foundationforvps.org/site_directory/programs/lunch-buddies.html.