Middle School Mentoring Program is expanding

The mentoring program at Cazenovia Middle School will be expanding operations this year. A new schedule of activities will be made available to participants throughout January, February, and March. Program coordinator and middle school guidance counselor, Jennifer Glasgow, described the program as a positive outlet for students who wish to develop a closer connection to the school.

"It is not uncommon for mentor program alumni to return to us as young adults and thank mentors for all they did for them as middle school students," Glasgow said, "The Middle School faculty, staff and administration is a wonderful group of people who continually volunteer to be a part of this program and make a difference in the life of a child. I am honored to work with them."

In the 17 years that the program has been run, countless students and faculty members have benefited. This year, 30 student mentees have been paired with 30 school personnel members and 4 high school student mentors. The pairs meet once a week to talk, participate in fun activities like bowling or just to help with homework.

Recently, Glasgow and her "Care Team" have developed a new set of activities and programs the young students can do with their mentors. Six faculty volunteers have worked closely with the Care Team and some interesting ideas have been produced. Over the course of three months, small groups of mentors and mentees will attend interest-rich workshops put on by members of the faculty.

Technology Teacher of the Year Chris Hurd will host the program "Got Electronics?" where he will introduce participants to high-tech gadgets and computer programs. Fellow tech teacher, Jason Hyatt, will educate participating groups about rocket science and how to build a small scale rocket from a kit, culminating with a launching ceremony in March. Foreign language teacher, Debbie Taube, will conduct a scrap-booking class, helping both students and mentors to create colorful books that can display their favorite memories.

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