Successful student achievement isn’t a matter of chance; it comes from hard work, year after year. Turning around deficits in student achievement is even more challenging and often requires additional involvement from parents and the community. Dedicated to turning things around for students facing these tough challenges, Mentor Coordinator Jodie Price is charged with matching students who might benefit from her program with positive role models that she recruits from throughout the community as part of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative.
On Friday, April 25, a breakfast was held at Madison County High School to give mentors an opportunity to enjoy some extra time with their students, in addition to recognizing the scholastic achievements of several top performers with cash awards provided from sponsor donations. Proving that positive encouragement is a powerful tool, several dozen students and numerous mentors shared food, friendship and fun. Realizing the school year was quickly coming to a close, the feeling was also a little sentimental.
“We love all our students and appreciate the efforts of our mentors who volunteer their time to meet with the great kids in our program. Their encouragement helps our students realize the importance of good grades and good work habits,” Price noted.
The Madison County School District is dedicated to continually improving student achievement. Character education and mentoring are among the Safe Schools/Healthy Student programs dedicated to this objective as part of a coordinated strategy that includes partnering with parents and the community.