Fulton Rotarians Learn About Elementary School Mentoring Program

Submitted by the Fulton Rotary Club

Carol Ireland and Nancy Kush Ellis
Carol Ireland and Nancy Kush Ellis

Carol Ireland from the Fulton School Mentoring Program, recently spoke to the Fulton noon Rotary Club about the mentoring program conducted in the Fulton Schools. Ms. Ireland explained that this is a school based program that takes place at the four local elementary schools between 3:30PM – 5:30PM Monday thru Thursdays. It is a one on one relationship between an adult and an at risk student. The mentor and student meet once a week to work on homework, play games or just talk about the student’s interests. The program’s mission – “to engage youth and caring adults in forming structured, supportive relationships that build achievement and character”

Carol has been managing the program for just over a year and has increased the student involvement from 6 students to 22 students. The program can handle anywhere from 25 – 30 students. More male mentors are needed. All matches are paired by similar interests, needs and strengths. On the right is Rotarian Nancy Kush Ellis, presently a mentor in the program, who introduced Ms. Ireland to the club members. Several other Rotarians have served as mentors in the program. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should call Carol Ireland at 598-4732.