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What is the Bear Prayer Partner Program?

The Bear Prayer Partner Program is a St. Junipero Serra Catholic School "mentor" program based on the belief that community building occurs through strong relationships between upper- and lower-grade students. This program fosters the spirit of mutual respect, trust and support that is emphasized at St. Serra.

Each year, older students are paired with younger ones, providing the older students many opportunities for role modeling and the demonstration of leadership, patience, compassion and respect for their Little Bear. In turn, the younger students enjoy having a special BIG Bear to look up to and interact with on campus. These warm relationships are treasured by the students and there are many opportunities to bond and create memorable moments when they share in activities such as attending Mass, participating in games, crafts and fun activities with one another.

The Bear Prayer Partner Program provides a valuable leadership opportunity for students in fifth through eighth grade, and positive role models for the younger students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. The relationships forged in the Bear Prayer Partner Program last throughout the St. Junipero Serra Catholic School journey and a lifetime.

Who are Bear Prayer Partners?

● 8th Grade and 4th Grade

● 7th Grade, Kindergarten and 1st Grade

● 6th Grade and 2nd Grade

● 5th Grade and 3rd Grade

When will students see their Bear Prayer Partners?

Students see their Bear Prayer Partners at school Masses. Bear Prayer Partners are seated together so that older Bears can supervise, mentor and aid their younger friends during Mass. In addition, Bear Prayer Partners meet throughout the course of the school year. During these times, Bear Prayer Partners participate in ice breaker activities, games, crafts, activities, etc. 

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