The purpose of the Boarder Buddy Family Program is to offer residents a family experience while they are away from their own families. Buddy families maintain close, friendly contact with the girls, making them feel comfortable while gaining understanding of their many new experiences at the school. Relationships are rooted in outings, family dinners at the Boarder Buddy family home, attendance at athletic events, performances, and more.
For some of the girls, home is quite a distance away and it can be quite lonely to see day classmates greeting family after school events and functions. Boarder Buddy Families often fill that void. For all of our residents, having a surrogate family who cares and supports their individual accomplishments makes a significant difference in the quality of their Hockaday experience.
Beginning in 2015, we launched a new Lower School Boarder Buddies program. In an effort to help new Form I residents feel more connected to the greater community and for our Lower School students to feel more connected to the Residence Life community, each homeroom class or grade level “adopted” a Form I resident for the year. Every Day 2 of our six day rotation, the “boarder buddy” joins their designated Lower School homeroom for their morning meetings. Throughout the year, classes do special things for their boarder (i.e. cards or treats on her birthday, a visit to her room in the residence department, or possibly organizing an optional class family dinner with her in the dining hall).
We are fortunate to have such a diverse residential family and to provide opportunities for all grades, faculty and staff and members of the larger Hockaday community to learn from each resident’s background and life experience.