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Suzume no Tomodachi Program


What is the Suzume no Tomodachi (Friend) Program?

Suzume no Tomodachi is a voluntary program designed to welcome new families and to foster a sense of community spirit and support.  A new family will be paired with a returning family, who will serve as that family's "Tomodachi," or "Big Buddy."

What is the time commitment?

Both the new and returning families will be invited to a couple of fun social events in order to meet and get to know one another.  The first will be an informal Welcome Reception at the New Parents' Orientation Meeting in February or early March (Orientation for the new parents will be immediately after the reception, so returning families can leave at that time).  The second opportunity will take place during the school session on a date yet to be determined.  We are also asking that the returning family(Tomodachi) contact your assigned family before the session starts to answer any questions the family may have and to share some of your own personal Suzume stories and experiences based on your child(ren)'s time there.  As soon as possible, we will let you know with whom you've been paired.

You Can Make a Difference:

Remember feeling a bit overwhelmed or intimidated when your child(ren) first started going to Suzume?  Contributing a  little bit of your time will make a big difference to these new families.

Volunteer for the Suzume no Tomodachi program today! 

You can check the appropriate box on the Skills section in the Registration Form, or you can send an email to info@suzumenogakko.org and include Tomodachi in the subject.