From staff and press reports
Throughout the school year and even during the Christmas holidays, 12 adult mentors from the community talk to 16 students enrolled the district’s mentoring program.
Nola Bryant, Director of Assessment and Professional Development, who heads up the program noted that the program is about real children and making a difference in one child’s life.
“We are doing this because children matter,” said Dr. Bryant.
The mentoring can include homework help, but also a wide range of other activities where students build their self-confidence and “become more well-rounded human beings,” Bryant said.
There is always an academic component to the program but also bond building and event portions of the program such as the MSU basketball game the mentors and mentees are scheduled to watch together.
“We want to show we are there to support them even during the holidays,” noted Bryant.
In the last meeting of the mentors and students prior to the school holidays, Bryant encouraged the mentors to discuss with the students how to use those two weeks out of school effectively for continued learning.
Bryant thanked the mentors for their involvement in the students’ lives and noted that their relationship can have a huge positive impact on the student.
“The research shows that an at-risk child can avoid pitfalls when that child has the opportunity to connect in a meaningful relationship with an adult,” said Bryant plus simply watching the mentors and students be together — gives the feeling that there is real bonding and both sides are prospering.
For more information on the program or to ask about volunteering for the program contact Nola Bryant at 773-3411.