South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School utilize mentoring program to benefit students

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South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School utilize mentoring program to benefit students


By Shalee Hanson
Contributing Writer


While embarking on her fourth year at South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School Mary Kleve, guidance counselor, is celebrating the third year of the South Winn mentoring program.

Each year Kleve has roughly 20 mentor-mentee pairs in the mentoring program.

“I see a lot of positive relationships between the older and younger students,” Kleve said.
While the younger students enjoy having a middle school role model and friend, the middle school students get to demonstrate the type of person they strive to be for their mentees.
After coordinating with middle school and elementary student parents and teachers, student pairs meet for 30 minutes either once a week or once a cycle (South Winn works around a six day cycle).  During this time the mentors read books, play games, or help the elementary students with learning needs. 

“[Students] are always in the proximity of the classroom where teachers are nearby for supervision,” Kleve explained.

Kleve says currently there isn’t a large waiting list for students who want a mentor.  There are enough middle school kids that are excited about the program to accommodate the elementary students who need it most.

“Of course, do we want more to join?  You bet,” Kleve shared.

Students who come into the program as a mentor are expected to demonstrate certain qualities to their mentees.  The mentors are expected to be reliable, consistent, responsible, a positive role model, as well as focus on and praise the mentee.

The school is excited to continue the mentoring program for years to come.  If you have a child that would make a wonderful mentor or would love to be a mentee, please contact Mary Kleve at the South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School.

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