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PALS was created in 1988 as a part of the Phillips Academy Community Service Program to address the educational needs of middle school children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Andover's neighboring city of Lawrence, MA. Utilizing the extensive educational resources of Phillips Academy in an intensive four-week summer program, Monday through Friday in July, followed by academic enrichment and tutoring twice weekly throughout the school year, PALS serves up to 40 students annually from grades 7 and 8 in South Lawrence East School, the Oliver School, the James F. Leonard School, and the Edward F. Parthum School. Its curriculum helps students set long-term goals, guides them in planning their high school programs and supports their day-to-day academic successes, especially in math, science, computer use, reading, writing, and vocabulary development. The program also seeks to build the self-confidence so critically needed to promote personal and social responsibility during the early teen years.

The key factor in the growth and success of PALS students is the active engagement they have with trained, high school student teachers, principally from the community service programs of both Phillips Academy and Andover High School. An outstanding group, numbering 20-30 each year, these energized and high achieving individuals serve as role models and mentors, motivating the younger students to stay in school, study hard, and develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and others. In turn, these older students gain skills and insight into the teaching profession, while solidifying their motivation for a lifetime of public service.

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Download the PALS Handbook

Former PALS Director Tom Cone and Julie Morse have prepared an all-encompassing manual designed to guide others interested in developing a program similar to PALS. Download the 200 page comprehensive handbook.