District seeks three for mentoring program

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Three volunteer mentors are needed for the Rome school district’s elementary school mentoring program after three participants had to withdraw due to relocation or medical reasons, district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said in his online blog.

He said people who are interested or need more information can contact district Director of Counseling Amanda Jones at amjones@romecsd.org or him. The school district’s general phone number is 315-338-6500.

One mentor each is needed at Bellamy school on Tuesdays; Stokes school on Wednesdays; Ridge Mills school on Thursdays. Mentoring sessions overall are once a week from 3:15-4:15 p.m. at the district’s seven elementary schools, through mid-May.

The after-school program, involving 66 mentor positions overall, is geared to help students achieve their full potential with the support of adult volunteer mentors; mentors serve as positive role models during the sessions, and provide guidance to students through group discussions, special projects, and character-building activities.

The initiative is in partnership with the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and the New York State Mentoring Program.

The program was praised by Blake.

Noting that January marks National Mentoring Month, he said the district “has one of New York state’s strongest organized mentoring programs....Over the past four years of developing the program, we have evolved into a model program for the state and are mentioned consistently as a community that others should model.”

That is “due to the massive amount of individuals that give their time each week for our little ones,” said Blake.

“Beyond just the individuals that work with our kids through this program, our community is filled with individuals that give their time, money, and care
for others within the community,” the Rome superintendent added.

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