District Mentor Program Celebrates 4 Years

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Screen Shot 2013-06-09 at 7.50.59 AMThe Milford Motivation Program recently celebrated the success of their forth year of the Milford School District mentoring program at a lunch held for participants on Friday, June 7. Utilizing teachers, staff and community partners as mentors for school-aged children, the program has grown exponentially from 25 mentors to over 360. The primary role for each mentor is to support the student in academics and help them to develop a positive self-concept.

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do for our students, there is a real need for this program in our community and district,” commented Milford School District Superintendent Phyllis Kohel. “The better we can serve the students in this district, the better they can go on to serve our community.”

The target students for the program are individuals who have struggled academically, have classroom behavioral problems and those identified as lacking some level of home support. The goals of the program are academic growth, as measured on their school transcripts, improved attendance and a decrease in discipline referrals.

“With every year we continue to see the number of mentors and student involvement increase,” commented Craig Warrington, Milford District Mentor Coordinator. “In the district over this period of time we have consistently seen discipline numbers decrease, attendance increase and grades increase.”

Mr. Warrington is asking individuals and businesses in the community to assist in the Milford Motivation Mentoring Program by becoming mentors themselves. Mentors meet with their mentee weekly for 1 hour which can include a school visit, phone call, community contact or planned social and recreational gatherings scheduled through the mentoring program. Mentors are asked to commit to this relationship for at least a full year.

“There are many kids in our community that receive little or no support from those at home,” commented Warrington. “The mentor program shows these students that there is someone that unconditionally cares for them, it means the world to these children.

Recruitment for the program will begin in September, but Mr. Warrington urges any interested party to get involved now. The Milford Motivation Program makes an effort to support the mentors throughout the year and recognize them for their efforts. With monthly support meetings, activities and the end of the year celebration the Mentoring Program hopes to inspire mentors to continue with their mentee as they progress through their educational career.

Businesses and individuals alike are encouraged to participate in the program. To get involved with the Milford Mentoring Program individuals are encouraged to contact Craig Warrington at cwarring@msd.k12.de.us.

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