Sanford employees make a difference through mentoring

Sanford employees in Sioux Falls have generously stepped up to the plate to take on students to mentor. There are currently 49 Sanford employees actively mentoring through the LSS program, 14 of which just started during the 2014-15 school year. Collectively, this group put in 1500 hours of mentoring!

Each week, these 49 employees volunteer at 22 different area schools. Each employee meets with one student for

Betty Oldenkamp presents the 2014-15 Community Partner award to Nona Bixler and Randy Bury of Sanford.

Betty Oldenkamp presents the 2014-15 Community Partner award to Nona Bixler and Randy Bury of Sanford.

one hour per week during the school year. Together with their student, they eat lunch, talk about their daily life, do craft projects, homework or play a board game. Most importantly they are showing kids that someone in the community cares about them, which in turn, gives kids a dose of hope for their future each week.

One Sanford mentor has been with the same student for several years. The student’s family struggled financially, but one day when this student was in elementary school, he showed up to school in a suit. So he could look like his mentor.

This year, many of the new mentors from Sanford are taking on high school ELL students. Working with high schoolers in itself can be difficult. Add the challenge of a difference in native languages, these mentors have made a commitment beyond what is expected.

Sanford employees have truly answered the call this year. Their employees are called to serve in the medical field, and take that care giving attitude with them to impact many kids in need.

Congratulations to Sanford for being named LSS Mentoring 2014-2015 Community Partner of the Year!

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