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Benefits

  • PALS students gain basic and higher skills in reading, writing, and math, often filling in academic gaps and moving to more advanced levels of work.
  • They become more motivated to learn, with increased independence.
  • They develop new self-confidence and self-esteem that, in turn, help them improve in other subjects at school. For some, the growth can be dramatic.
  • They receive help with high school applications, exposure to college and career opportunities, and encouragement from older student teachers to develop sustained motivation for productive lives.
  • PALS opens doors of educational opportunity and broadens career horizons.
  • High school-age, student teachers learn and grow in equally powerful ways too. They gain skills and insight into the teaching profession, while solidifying their motivation for public service throughout their lives.
  • The PALS model of education has directly led to at least one other local program that serves Lawrence students: Prep@Pingree, administered by the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA, now in its sixth year.