Mentoring Matters at FWCS - February 22, 2008

Record Number: 3869
Displayed from: Feb 22, 2008 , until: Mar 21, 2008

Big Brothers Big Sisters in partnership with Fort Wayne Community Schools honored the milestone of having 100 mentors at Washington Elementary School. A press conference was held Friday, Feb. 22, to celebrate the difference that mentoring has made for the children, faculty, and community associated with Washington Elementary. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit mentoring agency whose mission is "to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact." They offer community-based programs as well as the school-based lunch buddy program. Washington Elementary is one of 18 different Allen County public schools where Lunch Buddies, is actively in session. "I like my Lunch Buddy. We have fun." - Little Brother Avery The Lunch Buddies program pairs elementary school students with caring adult mentors. Buddies meet once a week during the academic year for lunch at the child's school. The agenda is simple - eating lunch, doing homework, reading books, creating arts and craft projects or playing games. This program is perfect for people with tight schedules or people who want to volunteer with a youth but in a more structured environment. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Washington Elementary celebrated the 100 relationships formed in the school through the Lunch Buddy program. We celebrated the difference that just one hour a week can make in the life of a child and the world around him/her. Little moments really do make BIG magic. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters or to volunteer to become a "Big," contact: 1-888-456-1600, 2439 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, 46807 or 24 N. Monroe St. Suite B, Coldwater, MI 49036. You may also visit us on the web at www.bbbsnei.org.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.