And yesterday was no exception. Peter's 7th grade class took a field trip to Tanglewood Park with their Pre-K buddies. I absolutely love the Buddy Program at our school. The 6th graders are paired up with a 1st grader to get practice being a buddy. The 7th graders are paired up with Pre-kers and the 8th graders are paired up with Kindergartneres.
The buddies sit together during Mass each week and they do special activities together through out the year. The little kids really look up to the big kids and the big kids enjoy helping the littles.
And y'all, it just melts my heart every time I see the big kids with the little kids - especially the boys. To see a big tall boy holding hands with a tiny one (and without embarrasement!) brings a tear to my eye.
The big kids led their buddies through the trails and had a scavenger hunt. At the end of the scavenger hunt they made their way to the playground and spent lots of time pushing their little buddies on the swings, chasing after them on the slide and just running around and having fun.
Afterwards we headed for ice cream at a local restaurant. It was a fun time and one that Peter had been looking forward to for a while.
Last night Sarah's seasonal swim program ended. This program works on improving your strokes, building up endurance, and improving your speed so that you are ready for summer league. She did it in the fall and again spring and she's already looking forward to doing it again in the fall.
Last night, Charlie Houchin, who is an Olympic gold medalist came to meet the kids and talk to them about his experience in Olympics. He has retired from swimming and has created some really cool technology to run swim meets from an app on your phone.
Here's Sarah with Charlie. She's wearing his gold medal and holding a swim cap that he autographed for her. Her swim cap is blocking part of the medal unfortunately. She said it was very heavy.
And tonight is our conference championship meet for the track team. And since tonight is our last track meet of the season and since Sarah is finished with swimming until the end of May, next week is looking wide open. I think we are all looking forward to a calm week with no after school activities!!!