Peers Engaged in Acts of Kindness, or P.E.A.K. Pals, is a special program at MHT that was designed to foster leadership in our students as well as social development and a family atmosphere. At the beginning of every school year older students are paired with younger students to form a partnership/friendship that will grow throughout the year. For the duration of the school year the students remain partnered with the same "Pal" which helps the students to form a stronger bond.
The Pals look forward to meeting at least once a month, usually but not limited to Spirit Days, where they engage in a variety of activities together such as making cards for the homebound, Lenten/Advent projects, preparing for Friday Rosary, praying the Stations of the Cross, watching a movie, reading to each other, or sharing a special recess.
This program accentuates our close, family atmosphere by teaching our students patience and how to get along with each other despite the difference in their age or grade level. It offers older students an opportunity to nurture and lead their younger counterpart in academics, faith, and social growth while giving the younger students a familiar peer they can appeal to for guidance and friendship.
The students genuinely enjoy their time together and the bond they make with their "Pals" stays with them throughout their time at MHT. When our older students reflect on the time spent with their pals over the years they are able to articulate the impact the program had on their own social and academic education. They recall the fun they had with their pals and how they grew with the program. Time spent with P.E.A.K. Pals is always a favorite part of our students' experience at MHT.
"Our educational work should go this way to achieve harmony - harmony in all the boys and girls who have been entrusted to us; inner harmony, the harmony of their personality. It is by working in a hands-on way, imitating God, molding the lives of those kids like clay, that we achieve harmony and rescue them from the dissonances perennial darkness. Harmony, by contrast, is bright and clear; it is light. What we have to achieve is the harmony of a heart that grows and that we accompany in this educational journey."
~ Pope Francis (then, Cardinal Bergoglio – April 18, 2012)