TeamMates concludes year, looking for more mentors
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
A towering stack of pizza boxes was quickly reduced to crumbs as mentors and mentees celebrated the end of the school year and the 2014-2015 TeamMates program May 20.
The program pairs adults and school children, giving the students the opportunity to get to know an adult other than their parents. Started by former Husker Coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy, the program inspires all children to reach their full potential.
In its first year at Chase County Schools, the program’s board had hoped to make 10 matches with fifth grade students.
However, demand was so high that there are now 25 matches with fourth, fifth and sixth grade students, and there are more students waiting for mentors.
CCS Counselor Trent Herbert said the program will take the summer off because it is so new. In addition, the pairs may only meet at school.
“We’re excited about how well it started and we’re looking forward to next year,” he told those at the pizza party. As of Aug. 24 mentors and mentees may begin meeting again.
Mentors make the commitment to meet with their mentee once a week during the school year. They meet with the same mentee through high school graduation.
Anyone wanting to become a mentor or more information may contact any board member. They are Sheila Stromberger, Herbert, Shannon Waggoner, Char Wallin, Elizabeth Haarberg, Chris Lee, Steve Lewis, Josh Fries, Ryan Wisnieski, Matt Maxwell or Jason Tuller.