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Romona's Kids: Book Buddies

Book Buddies at Orange High School (Source: WOIO) Book Buddies at Orange High School (Source: WOIO)

A lot of children and teenagers would rather play video games than pick up a book but a program called Book Buddies is starting a love for reading early that hopefully will last a lifetime.

We went to Orange High School to meet this week’s Romona’s Kids.

The Book Buddies program pairs high schoolers with both preschool kids and middle schoolers.

The older kids wouldn’t miss a week for the world. This week, they read a book called “If I Built A Car,” then the kids teamed up to actually build toy cars with Lego bricks and Play Doh.

"It’s important to have a program like this because we foster a liking for reading because I know a lot of kids lose it, especially around middle school," said Arianna Kaufman, Orange High School junior.

The Book Buddies program is funded by a grant from author James Patterson and Scholastic Book Club.

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