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Mentors Needed
Wednesday, 25 August 2010

August 25--  The start of the new school years means the call is going out for adult mentors to help at-risk kids in the Vidalia and Toombs County school systems.

Jerry Tuttle is starting his third year as mentor coordinator and is asking for mentor volunteers.  He says almost all of the kids being mentored live in a single-parent home.  "I have all the admiration in the world for single parents, but it's almost impossible for a single parent to do the job of two.  Our idea is that if we can provide them with a positive role model, that will help them in terms of forming relationships and setting goals which are a little bit higher and achieving those goals," he says.

"The response we get from parents is that they are appreciative that there are individuals in the community who are willing to devote their time to working with their child.  From the children, one of the students wrote on her evaluation that she thought her mentor was an angel," Tuttle reports.

Mentors sign-on to spend at least 45 minutes a week with a student and the range of  activities runs the gamut.  "They can help the child in any way they want.  They can help the child with classwork, take them outside and throw a football, play games, go to the gym, or just about anything they want to do.  It's not a structured curriculum, it's an open-ended thing," Tuttle says.

There are about 50 adults volunteering as mentors, and many more are needed.  If you'd like to help, contact Jerry Tuttle at 537-8361 or email him at jltuttle@bellsouth.net.  

An orientation for mentors is Thursday morning, August 26 at 9 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church on Aimwell Road in Vidalia.


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