Mercy And Middletown PAL Team Up To Form New Mentorship Program: "PAWS For PAL"

Dec 5 2023



As part of our 60th anniversary celebration, Mercy High School is excited to announce several new initiatives, including our recent partnership with the Police Activity League of Middletown.


Earlier this school year, Mercy High School and PAL formed a collaboration focused on mentorship, inclusion, and diversity. Together, the two groups will sponsor events, hold special bonding sessions, and provide support to the youth of Middletown. The program called PAWS for PAL will utilize both the resources of Mercy and the Middletown Police department.  


“Over the years, I have seen the power of PAL in other cities, especially Waterbury, and I believe a partnership between Mercy and the Middletown PAL will not only help our students see life from a different perspective but allow them to serve others and follow the mission of the school,” Mercy Principal of Student Life Ann Drewry ’97 said. “We want our girls to bring that sense of Mercy to Middletown and the Middletown community, especially the youth.”


PAL strives to provide a positive and fun experience through educational, athletic, and recreational programs, while also fostering a continued mutual respect for the community.


“I believe our girls have the gifts and enthusiasm to help,” Drewry said. “Our facility is in a great spot for the city of Middletown, and I think we can provide a lot of different resources and make an impact that matters. Our girls can gain invaluable leadership from this experience.”  


Mercy and PAL will offer a wide range of outdoor activities in the program, including soccer, flag football, cheerleading, and other sport specific camps. On top of the athletic-specific activities, the partnership will also give students a chance to come together for movie nights and other social events. Last year, Mercy High School hosted a three-point contest, which included students from Xavier High School and Middletown High School, in partnership with PAL. Mercy and PAL are already planning holiday parties, including a Christmas function for this year, and Mercy Athletic Director Tim Kohs is a member of the PAL Advisory board