St. George Catholic School students recently carried on the long-standing school tradition of pairing students as part of a buddy program.

Facilitated by the St. George School Religion Department, sixth-grade students are paired with kindergarten students each year.

Many schools have buddy programs, but what makes the SGS buddy program different is that the program is directly linked to the Catholic Sacrament of First Holy Communion, a news release from the school said.

Buddies are paired as they enter SGS school in kindergarten, and the buddies remain paired until the kindergarten student is in second-grade and celebrates his or her First Holy Communion.

Throughout the year, big buddies act as mentors to their little buddies, and many of these pairs become lifelong friends, the release said. Some of the activities buddies celebrate together are weekly attendance at Mass, annual Santa letter-writing cookie party and an end-of-the-year ice cream party.