Sarah Watts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Chelsea Petruzzi has been involved in many clubs and organizations over her four years on campus. Out of all of her experiences, Petruzzi enjoyed getting involved in the peer mentoring program the most.

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LRHS senior Chelsea Petruzzi has salvaged the school’s peer mentoring program

Petruzzi, along with other Mustangs, got involved in this program through the Arts Collaboration course, “This program has been around for a couple years, but [LRHS arts collaboration teacher Terry] Thompson was debating dropping it. Students in the course were not interested in the program at all and it was going nowhere.”

Petruzzi saw the potential of the program and decided to revive it her senior year, “I saw the importance of the program and decided someone needed to pick it up and work on improving it.”

Mustangs in the course now visit Braden River Elementary twice a week to work with elementary age kids.

“We are there for an hour, and the first half hour we help them with anything academic, and the second half hour we work on social skills,” said Petruzzi. “We spend this time interacting with the kids and forming relationships.

“My favorite thing about the program is forming relationships with the kids and when they get attached,” Petruzzi added.

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