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The 8 th Grade TK Buddy Program is excited to be beginning its third year! Each 8 th grade big buddy and his or her TK little buddy form lasting friendships over the course of the year as they meet to celebrate holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. The 8 th grade and TK Student Council Class Representatives work closely with the Student Council Moderator and TK teacher to design engaging, developmentally appropriate, meaningful activities that promote learning while also encouraging conversations and opportunities for mentorship. In addition to great friendships, 8 th graders gain valuable leadership skills and build confidence, manners, and communication skills, while TK students also gain confidence, feel cared for and safe at school, and have a mentor to look up to, helping them to transition smoothly into elementary school.