Positive Peer Leadership Team
The Positive Peer Leadership Team (PPLT) is a school educational program that trains and empowers upon upperclassmen to help ease the transition to the underclassman's respective first year of middle or high school at SJA.
PPLT currently consists of 29 students from grades 8 through 12. Team members are selected by their teachers based on character, grades, and talent. PPLT members must be responsible students, uphold high moral standards, and be willing to speak or perform in front of an audience. Each year, several seventh-grade students are selected to join the team in the eighth-grade.
PPLT is involved in a number of activities both on campus and in the community. The team is responsible for the organization of the Red Ribbon Week activities at Saint Joseph Academy. Team members perform skits and visit classrooms to lead discussions on issues related to substance abuse. Throughout the week, they give intercom announcements with the facts on substance abuse. In addition, the team organizes a Red Ribbon Week Rally at some of the elementary feeder schools to raise awareness and help promote drug prevention among younger students.
Throughout the year, whenever students are needed for any type of service or hospitality in the school community, PPLT members are there. Outside of school, PPLT members perform community service each month at Alta Vista Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, a local nursing home. PPLT members socialize with residents and engage in fun games of "Loteria."
PPLT is also involved in the TX Say What! Movement, a Texas Tobacco Prevention Initiative funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services. PPLT members along with other young people from across the state have the opportunity to raise awareness on the dangerous effects of tobacco usage in our state.
Mrs. Vilma Wolfe and Mrs. Stephanie Machinena - Guidance Counselors