High School student council members
mentor, tutor elementary students
A program at the elementary school matching up high school student council members as tutors and mentors with Piedmont Elementary third and fourth graders is in its second year this school year and appears to be paying big dividends.
This is the second year for the program, known as the P. A. L. program P.A.L. stands for Piedmont’s Awesome Leaders.
The program is collaboration between Piedmont Elementary and Piedmont High School where every Tuesday, 24 Student Council members from Alissa Antwine and Kathy Davis’ class come to Piedmont Elementary to mentor and tutor third and fourth grade students.
Mrs. Antwine and Mrs. Davis train and prepare their high school students to work with elementary age children.
Mrs. Cathy Adams, the counselor at the Piedmont Elementary, coordinates with the teachers to choose the subjects the students need help with each week.
The high school P.A.L.’s work on multiplication facts, spelling words and help students study for tests.
Adams said Some of the fourth grade students have been fortunate to have their P.A.L. for two years.
The last ten minutes of the Tuesday get-togethers are spent doing a fun activity and the high school students talking with their younger P.A.L.
Some of the high school students are also working one on one with kindergarten and first grade students, tutoring and working on enrichment activities.
Forty eight of Piedmont Elementary’s students have had the privilege of working with a high school student this year.