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November 15, 2012

Mentor program fosters academic, personal growth

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Mentor Joseph Harmon said he just loves helping others and felt the program was a good way to do that. 

The junior is a member of Leo Club, his church’s youth group and he served as a hospital volunteer this past summer. 

According to Harmon, mentors get to make up their own schedules with mentees. Some meet during school hours, but because his free time does not match up with his mentees’, he said they meet after school. 

“My goal is to give my mentee a great experience and have him feel like the program is worthwhile,” Harmon said. 

Right now, the program involves high school and middle school students. However, Baldo said the district plans to start a K-6 program in another month or two. 

One thing Baldo said she has seen as a result of the mentor program is improved attendance rates at school. 

“Students want to make sure they are meeting with their mentors,” she said. “They don’t want to miss a day when they might potentially be doing something fun.”

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