The PALs of El Modena make a difference

Highlighting the PAL club, a productive, positive group on campus and in the community


photo via the PAL Facebook page

The 2014-2015 El Mo PAL club members smile for the camera

The PAL or Peer Assistance and Leadership club definitely has an overlooked role on our campus and in our community. Members of the club spend the first Tuesday of every month in room A-18, discussing upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. PAL members or “PALs” as they are often called, interact with the special Ed students at El Modena, befriending them and creating artistic posters with them.

A Thanksgiving poster
Jessica Oh
A Thanksgiving poster

They also raise awareness for various causes, supporting prevention and research. For example, they advocate the Pennies for Pasta (Leukemia and Lymphoma society) by going around the school, classroom to classroom, collecting change in order to help the foundation’s effort for cures. The class that raises the most money receives free food from Olive Garden as a reward.

Aside from helping Pennies for Pasta, the “PALs” hold a door decorating fundraiser, in which the winning class with the best design gets a pizza party. At the Friendly Center, PAL club members help create supplies and an enjoyable atmosphere for the children who visit.

The club as a whole supports a positive, healthy, friendly environment, serves the community, and serves the school. For opportunities to get involved in the impact that PAL has on El Mo’s community, visit their Facebook page.

I enjoy PAL because it gives me the chance to make a difference in my community. I highly recommend this club to anyone and everyone that wants to get involved in a positive way and make people smile. ”

— Jessica Oh (grade 11)

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