This morning, over 100 guests came to Lincoln High School to show their support for LSS Mentoring Services. Muffins were ate, coffee was drank, and new mentors were recruited.
The event kicked off with Randell Beck, Community Relations Director at Avera McKennan, and Chair of the Everyday Heroes committee talking about how mentoring has changed his life. Randell spoke of his mentee, saying that he is a smart young man, and the sky is the limit for his potential. Everyone smiled as Randell spoke of this child’s future. The biggest smile was on the face of Jaron, his mentee. It is clearly evident that Jaron has gained confidence and self-esteem from his good friend and mentor.
Next on the agenda was a special video from Dr. Tom Osborne, college football coaching legend and former US Congressman.
Chrissy Meyer, Director of Marketing at the American Heart Association, and a mentor who will start in a few short week, talked about how she decided to apply was because 1) someone asked her to and 2) she saw this as a great opportunity to pay it forward. Mitch Scheaffer, Principal at Terry Redlin Elementary, spoke about the needs of kids in his school. He went on to say that it is great the school district can invest in a 1:1 technology program, where every student has access to a computer or tablet, and that he would love to see every student in his school have access to a caring adult mentor.
Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether then addressed the crowd, talking about his upbringing and sharing some personal history. He encouraged Sioux Falls to get active and take care of our young people. The Mayor challenged each person there to recruit a few people, and he joined in, saying he would like to find 20 new mentors. The morning wrapped up with Rick Knobe of KSOO talking about his journey to mentoring. He was asked several times to start, and finally enrolled. He said it is one of the best things he has done in his life. Rick said his highest public honor was once being the Mayor of Sioux Falls – and today, he loves walking in to Hawthorne Elementary and being known as a mentor.
The goal of Everyday Heroes is to recruit 500 new mentors. We have 400 more to go. Since this morning, we can add eight more people who are taking the plunge. Can we count on you too?