High schoolers in Sparta are serving as role models for younger kids in the district as part of the "Star Buddies" Peer Mentoring Program. 

Students with good grades that demonstrate good behavior are paired with students form Lawrence-Lawson Elementary. 

They meet once a week for a half hour. The district says the program helps grow a sense of community and the younger kids really look forward to it. 

"I have kids asking me every day, ‘When is my star buddy coming? When is my star buddy coming?  A lot of these kids don't have that positive role model in their life and so this is something that they really look forward to,” said school counselor Heather Gartner. 

The program started last year with six student mentors and has already grown to 20.