Thanks for joining us for day four of Back to School with LSS! Today it is Mentoring Services turn to talk about Back to School…
It seems like Back to School is celebrated as much with as much pomp and circumstance as Christmas morning! Facebook feeds explode with loads of smiling kids holding up a sign saying what grade they are in and back to school shopping ads are everywhere you look.
One group of people that are SO excited to go back to school are local mentors! They have not seen their students since early May and the wait and anticipation of meeting up again is nearly agonizing! Mentors spend just one hour a week with a student at school, and when summer comes, they take a break from meeting. A first year mentor was so surprised when she realized that she thought about her student nearly every single day over the summer.
Mentors who have been around for awhile will tell you the moment you reconnect after summer break is extra sweet. It seems like no time has passed and you pick up conversation where you left off. To make things a little more fun, mentors (or parents) can create a few traditions during the back to school season. Here are a few suggestions:
- Take a Photo. Chances are their parents have taken one, but indulge and just do it. It will be fun to look at it again at the end of the year when it is time to talk about breaking for summer again.
- Celebrate the New School Year. Progressing to the next grade level is something that needs to be celebrated! Take this opportunity to talk about the importance of keeping up with their class and graduating on time.
- Set Goals. Like New Year’s resolutions, back to school is a good time to think about what you want to make happen this coming year. Is it having better attendance? Trying out for the school play? Or making a new friend? All of these are important for kids to consider. Write them down or remember them and check on the progress throughout the school year.
- Make it Fun. Kids are still kids, and sometimes back to school can cause anxiety due to being in a new environment filled with new people. Mentoring is a lot of things, but fun for both the mentor and student is at the top of the list! Play a new game, bring a piece of candy to share or just talk about things other than school to make students feel more at ease.
If you are looking for a way to go back to school, consider becoming a mentor. There will be 537 students returning to school asking their teachers and counselors if they will have a mentor. And for many, the answer will be not yet. Make a students year and apply today!
Enjoy this back to school season and best wishes for a great 2015-2016 school year!
Post by Michelle Madsen
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