Letters to the Editor
Solutions to Education Funding Crisis
This letter is in response to Ed Feliens article, $30 Million Short: How do you cut the school budget? from the January 2002 edition of Southside Pride Phillips/Powderhorn Edition. We would like to take this opportunity to inform your readers and community residents about the School-based Mentoring Program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Minneapolis. Did you know that you can make a BIG difference in only one hour a week? Its true! Just you and a child a new friend.. spending an hour a week together learning new things. School-based mentoring is a one-to-one mentoring program. The program is designed to serve elementary students who may be experiencing academic difficulties, low self-esteem, or problems relating to peers. Volunteers are asked to commit to a child for one academic year and will meet once a week for an hour at the school. You and your school-based case manager will determine the best time to meet and while a consistent weekly schedule is preferred, it is not necessary. School-based mentoring offers a programming alternative for volunteers that easily fits into your schedule and provides a break from your adult schedule. Its a chance to be a kid again while helping a kid progress towards being a successful adult. If you know how to be a good friend, youll make a great school-based mentor.
What will you do during your hour together? Work on a school project, visit the computer lab, or simply share a sandwich while helping a kid discover the world and all its amazing possibilities. You can do a lot in an houror a little. Its all about friendship. And just by being a friend, youll make an incredible difference. Contact Naomi Munzner @ 612 366-3108 on mentoring at Four Winds American Indian Magnet School and Benjamin Banneker, Jessica Trom at 612 366-3106 on mentoring at Andersen Open and Andersen Elementary and Sheila Piippo on mentoring at Bancroft and Emerson Spanish Immersion. Please visit our website at www.bbbsmpls.org we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Minneapolis