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The TeamMates program at Chase County Schools ended the school year last Thursday with a final gathering of mentors and mentees who met during 2017-18. At left, mentor Ann Miller enjoys some ice cream with her mentee, Jordan. (Courtesy photo)

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TeamMates board member Jason Tuller, right, and program co-coordinator Trent Herbert were kept busy dishing up the ice cream treats and TeamMates participants go through the line. (Courtesy photo)

TeamMates concludes year with ice cream, thanks

    TeamMates at Chase County Schools wraps up each school year with an ice cream social to give the mentors and mentees a chance to meet in a group setting.  
    Last Thursday’s gathering also recognized several individuals critical to the program’s success.
    Outgoing board member Elizabeth Haarberg, who has been a board member since TeamMates formed in late 2014, was among those recognized.
    Mentors and mentees began meeting in January 2015, but the board was formed and behind the scene work began in the fall of 2014.  
    The group welcomed new board member Judy Gaswick.
    The “Friends of TeamMates” award was given to 5 Star Metal, owned by Jason and Heidi Anderson. They made and donated the yard sign TeamMates is using for its Mentor of the Month program.
    Also recognized were all of the  matches (mentor/mentee pair) who met the goal of meeting at least 24 times during the school year, a goal that is set by the TeamMates Central Office.  There were 34 matches who met this goal, according to Board President Sheila Stromberger, and many exceeded it.  All of those mentors and mentees were given an orange and black TeamMates drawstring back pack.
    Program Coordinators Trent Herbert and Cathy Hanna were given insulated cups engraved with the CCS TeamMates logo in appreciation for all the time they spend with TeamMates throughout the year.

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