TeamMates to recognize mentors, mentees at Jan. 12 basketball game

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     Chase County Schools (CCS) will be recognizing all of the TeamMates mentor and mentee matches during halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball home game vs. Gothenburg on Jan. 12.
    Sheila Stromberger, president of the Chase County chapter of the TeamMates Mentoring program, said the local TeamMates board was formed in the fall of 2014. The first mentees and their mentors met in January 2015.
    The process for becoming a TeamMates mentor is to first submit an application. Once accepted, a background check will be performed, followed with training by program coordinators. The coordinators are CCS school counselors Cathy Hanna (K-6) and Trent Herbert (7-12).
    Students interested in participating in the TeamMates program must also fill out an application and receive training.
    Currently, the local chapter has 60 active matches, she said.
    “It has grown faster than we  can keep up with,” she added.        There are 25 more students on the waiting list who are needing adult volunteers to be matched with them, Stromberger said. The majority of the students waiting are third and fourth graders.
    She noted that when they first started the mentoring program in 2015, it was just fifth graders involved. Now, students in the program range in grades from third to eighth with a few in high school.
    “I really encourage people to sign up for this program. So many students are wanting to be part of this, and have another caring adult in their life,” said Stromberger.

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