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Sep 05 2009

The ease of e-mentoring

Mentors meet their students at least once during the school year.

Mentors meet their students at least once during the school year.

Provided by Frances Boyd

The e-mentoring pilot project which was conducted last spring at Haut Gap Middle School was very successful and will be expanded this year. The students from the pilot will have the same mentors they had during their eighth grade year, so this year, sixteen more mentors will be needed for this year’s seventh graders. The program, sponsored by Communities in Schools of Charleston and the staff of Haut Gap Middle School, uses adult mentors from Kiawah, Seabrook and John’s Island. While face to face meetings are held occasionally, the main requirement of the mentor is to e-mail the mentee at least twice a week using a secure Internet based system known as Gaggle. This program is ideal for people who may not live on the islands full time but want to volunteer with the community’s young people.

Communities in Schools has a history of finding the volunteers here to be generous with both their time and money. The program at Haut Gap is yet another way to be involved with the children of Johns Island. Providing middle grade students with an ‘extra’ adult in their lives, who cares about their progress in school and extracurricular activities, can often encourage the young person to excel in school and beyond.

If you are interested in volunteering or finding out further information, contact Courtney Winders with Communities in Schools of Charleston (810-6209) or Frances Boyd, a Kiawah resident coordinating the volunteers. (boydfm1@comcast.net)

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