OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar Program hosted more than 180 guests at its fifth annual community dinner on October 28 at Oswego Middle School.
Mentor-Scholar is a collaborative effort between the Oswego City School District, Fulton City School District, Red Creek Central School District, CiTi, and SUNY Oswego that provides local middle and high school students with the academic and social support of college mentors throughout the academic year.
Mentoring pairs meet one-on-one twice per week after school. In return for their one-year service commitment, college mentors earn course credit and gain valuable professional skills while making an impact in students’ lives and their school community.
Currently, more than 120 undergraduates serve as mentors for more than 120 secondary students.
“This event is always one of my favorites as it highlights the strong bonds we are creating within our community. Looking around the room, it was heartwarming to see parents, mentors, and mentees coming together,” said Scott Ball, project coordinator of Mentor-Scholar.
The buffet-style spaghetti dinner, hosted free to students and their families, provided attendees with an opportunity to meet the program’s college mentors, school administration, participating teachers, and SUNY Oswego program facilitators.
The crowd received a warm welcome from Carol Jones, Oswego Middle School’s assistant principal, and Samantha Spaulding, the site contact for the Oswego Middle School, Emily DiFabio, the assistant coordinator and Ball, thanking them for their support and highlighting the program’s benefits to both groups of participants.
Event sponsors included Bosco & Geers, Cakes Galore & More, Canale’s Restaurant, Eagle Beverage, Hudson Dairy, Ontario Orchards, Pizza Hut, Paul’s Big M, Price Chopper, Wal-Mart, the Oswego City School District and SUNY Oswego.
“The community dinner is a great way for everyone involved in the Mentor-Scholar Program to meet each other and share a meal. We are looking forward to our next event that we are planning for the end of November, which will take place at SUNY Oswego. This is a great experience for both the OSCD students and SUNY Oswego undergraduates to experience everything SUNY Oswego has to offer,” said DiFabio.
For more information, call Ball at 315-312-3812.