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Pioneer Middle School students Malcolm Gabbard, 12, (left) and Willie Hayes, 12, (right) lounge on bean bags while writing journal messages to several of their sixth-grade PALS students during the groups monthly meeting time. Gabbard and Hayes write back and forth with three PALS students each as a way to make the younger students feel more welcome and involved at Pioneer Middle School.

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PALS ease transition to middle school

WALLA WALLA — Dear Liz, began Kayla Crain's journal entry to her sixth-grade pal.What do you wanna do when you grow up? I'm glad to have you as my pal! When you get the chance, please, write back! the note finished.Crain sat among dozens of Pioneer


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