We have a very special program in place which we call 'buddies'. In this program, our junior high students mentor our primary grade students, reading with them each week, joining them at mass, and completing various activities together. Seventh grade students are paired up with kindergarten students and they stick together as 'buddies' through the following year when they are in eighth grade and first grade. When it's time for the eighth graders to graduate, their first grade buddies sing a special blessing song to send them off to high school. This mentoring program is a very special part of our school as students create a life-long bond and friendship with their buddies.