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PALS celebrate 25th anniversary and new name

For the past 25 years, NEISD's Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) program has touched the lives of thousands of students through one-on-one mentoring.

The program celebrated its anniversary by adding a new element to its name. PALS now recognizes the "service" aspect of the program.

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Students, PALS teachers, executive staff, board members and supporters gathered for a party to celebrate and learn more about the organization. "PALee" William Pope spoke to the crowd about what a difference his PAL Justin Kelly has made in his life.

"He gives me advice, and we talk about sports and school," said William Pope, student at Harmony Hills. "Hopefully I can be a good Churchill buddy like Justin has been to me."

The founder of the PAL program, Grant Thomas, was there to honor NEISD for continuing to provide excellent service and friendship. Thomas started PAL in Austin ISD in 1980. NEISD brought the program to its schools in 1988 and turned it into a model for other districts.

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PAL students pose with founder Grant Thomas.

PALS pose with founder Grant Thomas at the 25th anniversary celebration.

Students pose with new sign for PALS.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian G. Gottardy and Leadership Development Director Pat Sanford reveal the new PALS sign with PALS from NEISD schools.

NEISD high school PALS teachers.

NEISD high schools PALS teachers

NEISD middle school PALS teachers.

NEISD middle school PALS teachers

NEISD culinary students catered the event.

NEISD culinary students catered the event.

Posted on May 24, 2013