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On Friday June 3rd I had the great pleasure of attending the 25th annual Promising Pals Breakfast at the James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The Promising Pals program matches 6th, 7th and 8th graders with adult professionals who become their pen pals for the school year.

I was paired with a 7th grader, and we exchanged letters over the course of the winter and spring. On Friday, we finally met in person. It was wonderful to spend some time with the person whose letters were such a pleasure to receive. We shared breakfast, played games (we were almost evenly matched at Connect 4), listened to music, toured the school and grounds, and talked. I had a lovely morning.

Before I met my pen pal, I attended an assembly in the auditorium with the other adult Promising Pals. During the welcoming remarks, we were asked to stand. First the group who had been in the program for their first year stood. After we sat back down, those who had been with the program for 2 to 4 years stood. Then those who had been there for 5 to 14 years. Then 15 to 24. And finally those who had been with the program for all 25 years. I was inspired and humbled by the dedication of these individuals to so many generations of students.

Bravo Timilty Middle School.

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