Be a Mentor. Be the Difference

The Lunch Buddy Program is a mentoring initiative implemented in middle schools in Catawba County School, Hickory Public Schools, and Newton-Conover City Schools since 2011. 

It is designed help reach students who would benefit from having an additional positive role model. The Lunch Buddy Program helps create healthy attitudes and behavior in youth, as well as provide skills, resources, and positive experiences that will aid them in becoming successful, productive citizens. 

Interested in being a Lunch Buddy?

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Mentoring Program Coordinator


Tracey Paul

Tracey is a big fan of her alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children!

A few other fun facts about Tracey are: Favorite Food- Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream! If she could travel anywhere she would go to the beach, any beach, anywhere! If she wasn’t working for the COA she would want to be a host on the Today Show with Hoda & Jenna! Tracey is excited about connecting Lunch Buddies with middle schoolers to be positive role models and build lasting relationships! For more information about the Lunch Buddy program email Tracey, or call the office, 828-322-4591!