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Mentoring Program A Success At Fairgrieve Elementary School

A mentoring program that unites Fulton’s high school students with those at the elementary level is off to a successful start this year.

Alexis Caruana, a sophomore at G. Ray Bodley High School, plays cards with Fairgrieve Elementary School student Maddison Schlosser. The two are paired up through a mentoring program, where high school students volunteer their time and serve as role models for younger students in the Fulton City School District.
Alexis Caruana, a sophomore at G. Ray Bodley High School, plays cards with Fairgrieve Elementary School student Maddison Schlosser. The two are paired up through a mentoring program, where high school students volunteer their time and serve as role models for younger students in the Fulton City School District.

As part of the initiative, two dozen G. Ray Bodley High School students get together with Fairgrieve Elementary School students every other Wednesday.

They play games, talk, and bond with one another.

“For the mentees, it’s really about having a positive role model to give them encouragement,” said GRB teacher Cathy Cronk. “The high school students voluntarily give up their time, and I know the elementary kids appreciate it.”

For the high school students involved in the program, the volunteerism is more rewarding than an after-school paid job.

According to GRB student and mentor Kaitlyn Kinney, the positive impact of the program is worth its weight in gold.

“It’s great that we can connect with these kids and really serve as role models,” she said. “We talk with them, offer them support, play games and have fun. This program has a positive effect on everyone involved.”