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Israel Putnam Mentor Program 2011-2012

October 5, 2011

Israel Putnam has begun the new school year with twenty-five mentors working with students in Grades 1-5. Our Mentors, who come to us from USI, Webster Bank, and PMA, have a positive impact on the lives our students.

Mentors provide another positive relationship in the lives of students. The Mentor's responsibilities are to be a friend, be a role model, assist with academic assignments if needed, encourage students to do their best in school, and help students set goals. As a result of mentoring, our students have demonstrated better attitudes in school, get better grades, behave better in class and come to school well-prepared.

Our Mentors have expressed their excitement in being involved in the lives of their Mentees. One of our Mentors even went to the Middle School with her Mentee from last year!

The Israel Putnam Mentor Program was recognized by the Connecticut Association of Schools as an exemplary program in 2010. At the November 1, 2011, Board of Education Meeting, there will be a presentation about the Israel Putnam Mentoring Program at 6:30 in the Board Room.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor at Israel Putnam, please contact Nan Despres, Meriden's Schools Volunteer Coordinator, at 203-634-7985. Each Mentor files an application with Nan who does an initial screening. Students are then assigned a mentor based on the Mentor's input, and days and times for weekly visits are arranged. A short training session is provided. Mentors check in with the School Office upon arrival and then spend 45 minutes with their Mentees.

The support of one more caring adult in the life of a child benefits not only the student, but also parents, teachers, and the entire school community. Be a part of making lives better, become a Mentor!


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