OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar program welcomed more than 45 Oswego Middle School students and their families for an afternoon visit to SUNY Oswego on Nov. 30.
The students and mentors combined numbered around 80 and were active participants in presentations by the Oswego Technology Educators Association and librarians from Penfield Library.
The presentations highlighted some of the diverse offerings of the college but also taught the students lessons on teamwork and patience.
The Mentor-Scholar program is a collaboration between the Oswego Middle School and SUNY Oswego where more than 70 college students act as mentors to middle school students in a one-to-one mentoring program that meets twice a week at the local school.
They work together on homework, projects and field trips, such as the campus visit, that allow the students and mentors to work both in and out of the classroom.
“Events like this are a great opportunity to show to the middle schoolers that college is an attainable goal and well within their reach,” said the program’s assistant coordinator, Scott Ball.
After the presentations concluded, the students and mentors moved to Pathfinder Dining Hall where parents joined the group and enjoyed the rest of the evening celebrating the mutual hard work done this semester by the middle students and mentors, Ball noted.
“It was a great event culminating the end of the semester,” Ball said.