One thing that I love at PACA is the way in which a sense of community is consistently fostered. From classroom instruction to school-wide activities, everyone is encouraged to know and care for one another. This is evidenced in the buddy program in which each kindy kid gets assigned one or two seniors to interact with during the year. It was precious to watch the interactions and see if the senior or the kindergartner was more nervous. For their first meeting, the partners exchanged information in a basic get-to-know-you activity. In the end, I think it was safe to say that all parties enjoyed the gathering and I have been asked every day since if it is senior buddy day.