Faculty mentors help at-risk kids

Hayes DuJardin – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Towards the end of the school year, some students may start to lose motivation. To keep these students, especially those on the verge of graduating, on track LRHS has created the mentoring program to provide extra encouragement.

LRHS discipline dean Suan O’Brien oversees a mentoring program with the goal of giving students encouragement to work for their personal best, either socially or academically.

According to O’Brien, “Students that may qualify for mentoring are seniors who are at risk of not graduating due to a test score or a low GPA, or students who are regularly absent, for example.”

According to LRHS keyboard teacher and mentor Rebekah Lester, “This year, I mentor four students.  One sophomore and three seniors.  Last year, I mentored two seniors and one junior.  Both of the seniors that I mentored graduated last year.”

While meeting with the students, mentors may discuss their progress in class, share advice on how to balance goals, or ask how they are doing outside of school.

So far, the program has been successful in giving students the extra push they need to reach graduation, and the program only promises to improve in the future.

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