An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Vienna W. ’27

My name is Vienna W., I’m in 5th grade, and I am proud to present the Palentine project. The Palentine project is run by the Students Taking Action club (STA), and our goal is to help two people from a grade get to know each other more authentically. In early February, each Middle School student received three questionnaires in the form of a Mad Libs. In this project, students answered fun personal questions such as, “What is your favorite subject in school.” Ms. Butler created an amazing system wherein responses were sent as an email to your Palentine, a randomly selected student in your grade, without showing who it was from.

This project is important to the Lakeside community because it is a way for kids to learn more about each other and create connections. Sometimes during our day, we don’t get a chance to step back and hang out with others besides our close friends and the people in our advisory. The Palentine project creates an opportunity to connect with someone you would not normally spend meaningful time with.

My favorite part of the Palentine project was the “big reveal.” The big reveal was the moment where all of the grade levels separately meet in different rooms and each person tried to find their Palentine in the crowd as fast as possible. For the past few weeks, I have been trying to guess who my Palentine is from looking at the clues she shared in her email responses. The big reveal confirmed my guessing (I was correct!). Overall, I think this project is a great community builder for Lakeside Middle School that helps to bring us closer together.