January is National Mentors Month and the motto for this special month nationwide is “Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters!” Northport K-8 School is celebrating right along with schools, clubs and businesses across the nation in honoring those that go beyond the call of duty in helping young people that are all important from all backgrounds and all cultures that can and will benefit in positive ways when there are those that show they care through their actions as well as their words. To become doers, students need to see and experience the experiences of adult doers that serve our communities in a profound way for good.
At Northport K-8 School (in St. Lucie County School District), there is plenty to be thankful for during National Mentors Month. Several teachers have taken on the role of reading mentor, holding reading groups around the school on a regular basis, and the community organization Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie County has taken a firm foothold within the school. Not only does Northport host community Big Brother, Big Sister mentors work with targeted students on citizenship skills through the organization, but also the AmeriCorps Intensive reading tutors work with dozens of children to promote reading skills, daily attendance and assistance in building a positive relationship with a supportive adult. Mentorships means the world to our students and a committed, caring and positive adult can mean a world of difference to a child. The relationships built can serve as very important steps on the child’s ladder to reaching his or her fullest potential.
National Mentors Month celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:
· Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
· Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
· Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.
The national partners work with the NMM campaign’s local partners, who are organizing special NMM events in their communities with numerous partners, including their local media. These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action by becoming mentors.
January 16, 2014 is “Thank You Mentors Day” nationwide!
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) Jan. 2014 http://slcsbweb1.stlucie.k12.fl.us/lucielink/?p=12803