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GCPS thanks community members for service as role models

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

As the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, Gwinnett County Public Schools expressed appreciation for the growing number of volunteer community members who have partnered with the school system to offer additional support to students through the district's Community-Based Mentoring Program.

At a recent gathering, the district formally thanked the men who have participated in this locally developed initiative, which serves middle school boys who are at-risk academically and behaviorally.

Launched in early 2009, the program recruits and trains community members to become role models and mentors to a student. Since its inception, more than 100 volunteers have been or are in the process of being recruited and trained. A total of 86 community members are mentoring students from 23 of the school district's 24 middle schools.

The Community-Based Mentoring Program identifies students with both an at-school advisor and a mentor in the community. In addition to academics, the program focuses on self-discipline, attendance, behavior and attitude, as all have an impact on achievement. The adult community mentors follow a curriculum developed by Gwinnett educators. Students and their mentors also participate in program workshops every month.

Community members interested in becoming a mentor should contact the Community-Based Mentoring Program by calling 678-301-7321 or 770-314-3614.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.