July 28, 2014
“We are opening our doors to our community and our churches to engage with us about partnerships in public education.” Those comments this morning from Topeka Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford about a goal of recruiting 100 mentors by Labor Day to work with students.
Dr. Ford was joined at the news conference by School Board President Janel Johnson; Nancy Daniels, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters; Miriam Krehbiel, president of United Way of Topeka; Mayor Larry Wolgast; Rev. Sarah Marsh and representatives of JUMP.
Dr. Ford said that mentors can make a big difference in the life of a child. A mentor will be asked to spend 30 minutes a week with a child building a relationship with that child, helping them with reading and becoming a role model for the student.
Nancy Daniels says Big Brothers will be the link between the mentor and the student. “We will interview the mentor and find out their desires, then link the mentor with a student they will enjoy. Absolutely everyone wins in this opportunity. It’s great for the student, great for the schools and great for the community.”
“The needs are so great,” said Miriam Krehbiel. “United Way is committed to the same things these organizations are, and that’s really to give children every opportunity possible to be successful in life.”
For anyone interested in being a mentor and making a difference in a student’s life, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 234-5524 or Topeka Public Schools at 295-3047.
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