Young Students Have “Guardian Angels” To Watch Over Them – Arkansas Catholic

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Arkansas Catholic Schools Offer Older Students Role Models for Young People

Posted: 12 October 2021

Aprille Hanson Spivey

Alejandro Haislop-Rodriguez, a grade eight student at Christ the King School in Little Rock, pins a Guardian Angel to grade two student Campbell Hendrix during school mass on October 1. The special ceremony recognizes the school’s Guardian Angel program, which pairs eighth-grade “guardian angels,” or mentors, with second-graders.

Students from at least three Catholic schools in Arkansas are demonstrating what it means to be a guardian angel, as role models for younger students.

At Immaculate Heart of Mary School in North Little Rock (Marche), the Guardian Angel program has been a tradition with Mary Loyd, Director of Religious Education, running the program for 17 years. Kindergarten to Grade 1 “mini angels” are paired with a “Guardian Angel” in Grades 5 to 8. The pairs work on projects, attend school masses and learn their faith together in order to welcome new students. During the special Guardian Angel Mass where they receive Guardian Angel pins, this year on October 8, the Guardian Angel writes about their mini angel and presents them to the congregation.

“They say what their hopes would be for the student as they get older, and that is very much geared towards what they want for their faith life in the future,” Loyd said. “It teaches them that they are welcomed not only by their guardian angel, but by the school.”

Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Little Rock also has a Guardian Angel program, pairing their second and seventh graders together, culminating in a Guardian Angel pinning mass on October 1, Principal Amber Bagby said.

“It teaches them that they are welcomed not only by their guardian angel, but by the school.” – Mary Loyd, director of religious education at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in North Little Rock (Marche).

Christ the King School in Little Rock began its Guardian Angel program when the school opened in 1986. Grade two students are matched with grade eight students. They were called to the altar to receive their angel pins at a special mass on October 1.

“We teach children about angels and how they protect us,” House said. “Eighth grade students take their responsibility to be a good example very seriously.

Eighth graders also plan activities with their younger buddies throughout the year, including an Easter egg hunt and mutual support for First Holy Communion and eighth graduation.


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