OC’s mentoring program seeks to make a difference

OC’s mentoring program seeks to make a difference

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:11 pm

The Messenger 10.06.10

The Obion County School System’s mentoring program is striving to make a difference in the lives of children.
Chastity Homra, director of Coordinated School Health for the Obion County School System, told The Messenger she received a fair amount of response prior to a required mentoring training program held in August — but more volunteer mentors are always welcome.
“It is a good response but, with high hopes, I do wish I had received more,” she said.
Mentors are asked to spend at least 30 minutes one day a week with a child. They will go to the school to have lunch, help with homework or just talk with the child, according to Ms. Homra.
Mentors are paired with children in kindergarten through eighth grade. All of the Obion County School System’s schools have the mentoring program, so volunteer mentors will either go to the school closest to them or, if they have a preference, will go to the school they request.
“The mentoring program is a wonderful program that truly helps reach out to our children and let them know we do care,” Ms. Homra said. “I have worked with and participated in the mentoring program and it was an experience I will never forget. When you walk into that room and that child runs up to hug you, that makes all the difference in the world. That lets you know that you are making a difference in that child’s life.”
Any time someone wishes to join the mentoring program, they may contact Ms. Homra or an individual school in the county school system and she will respond to them.
“We will always take new mentors in the program at any time throughout the year,” she said.
For more information about volunteering to be a mentor in a county school, call Ms. Homra at 885-7171 or e-mail her at chomra@k12tn.net.
“I encourage anyone to take the challenge of being a mentor for a child. Let’s show our children that we do care and that we are trying to make a difference one child at a time,” she added. “As the mentor, you will gain a friendship for life.”

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