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EDHS PAL Program Named One of the Best in the County

On May 7, 2012 Deirdre Hill and Kyla Groeneveld from the Orange County Department of Educating made a surprise visit to EDHS to present a plaque to Mr. Donnie Bladow and certificates to the PAL students to recognize them as a one of the premiere programs in the county.

The Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) Program is a school-based, peer-to-peer youth development program for students in grades 4-12 built upon a philosophy of students helping students. Established in 1980 by the Orange County Department of Education, the PAL program addresses the underlying causes of violence, tobacco, alcohol, and drug use by youth.

The program encourages PAL students and their peers to make healthy life decisions and provides opportunities to create a supportive and safe school environment. PAL supports students’ healthy lifestyles by building resiliency and assets through youth leadership, mentoring, conflict resolution, cross-age teaching, peer helping, service learning, and prevention activities. The PAL program can enhance and support all student leadership programs in schools.