Our buddies program pairs whole classes of older and younger students for religious, academic and social activities. This program builds relationships and creates an environment of caring among our students. Grade 8 pairs with 1st grade; Grade 7 pairs with Kindergarten; and 6th grade pairs with Pre-K. Every older student is assigned a younger buddy for the year. During the year, they attend monthly school Masses and Lenten weekly Stations of the Cross together, read or play games together, work together for a cause, or do a craft. Older students escort their buddies to the 8th grade Carnival, Santa’s Workshop, and the Art Festival. At year's end, they exchange thank you notes or gifts that they have made.