I would hope that all of you can think of someone who has “Made a Difference” in your life. How would you feel if you couldn’t name someone who has had a positive impact on your life or someone who made a difference in your life?
Dr. Kent Pekel, CEO of the Search Institute did a survey of 43 million school-age children. One of the questions asked if they could name an adult who had made a difference in their life. The results of that question were staggering. Here they are:
- 20 million of them said that a family member or relative had positively impacted them.
- 16 million of the students in the study could not name an adult who had positively impacted their life.
- 7 million said that their mentor in a TeamMates program had positively impacted them.
The result this is staggering as well as frightening is that 16 million, almost 1/3 of those completing the survey could not name an adult that had made a positive impact on their life. If we apply that same percentage to 33 1/3% to the 200 students in the Wilcox-Hildreth School system, that would mean that approximately 65 of our students would say that they have not had an adult positively impact their life. WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER THAN THAT11
Become a TeamMates mentor and make a positive difference in the life of one of our students. Mentoring is a powerful and proven way to positively impact the life of a student. Here are some benefits of mentoring:
🙂 Mentors help keep kids in school
🙂 Students who meet regularly with mentors are 52% less likely to skip a day of school
🙂 Mentors help improve a young person’s self esteem
🙂 Youth who meet regularly with their mentor are 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking
🙂 About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or free time
🙂 The strongest mentor benefit and most consistent was a reduction in depressive symptoms. Considering the free time and lack of supervision noted above, this reduction in depressive symptoms is critical.
🙂 On the social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicated better with them.
Mentors should understand that they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian, or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a child. A mentor is part of a team of caring adults.
Call Donnette Johnson, TeamMates Coordinator at 478-5488 or 308-44–7178 and she will give you the information you will need to become a mentor. Step up and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Wilcox-Hildreth Public School began its existence in August of 2002 after patrons of the Hildreth Public School and Wilcox Public School voted to merge the two districts in June of 2002.
The Wilcox-Hildreth Public School facilities are located in Wilcox (K-4 and 9-12) and Hildreth (grades 5-8). Wilcox has a population of approximately 360 and is located in the southwest portion of Kearney County. Hildreth has a population of approximately 380 and is located in the north central section of Franklin County. The school district extends within four counties including: Kearney, Franklin, Harlan, and Phelps and includes approximately 350 square miles. District boundaries go approximately 16 miles south to north and approximately 23 miles east to west.
Grades K-4 and 9-12
Located in Wilcox for the elementary & high school students and staff. Resources are available that support the school’s curriculum in print and electronic format. Media Specialist is available from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Located in Hildreth for the middle school students and staff. Again, resources are available that support the school’s curriculum in print and electronic format. Media specialist available from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
June Stratman, K-12 endorsed
Contact at either school or by email
K-4, 9-12 online card catalog 10.11.92.1
5-8 online card catalog 10.11.96.1
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If you are conducting research and need further resources we also have subscriptions available to WorldBookOnline and ProQuest as well as the ability to order materials using inter-library loan. Please contact Mrs. Stratman if you need to access these resources.
Other resources are available at the school sites.
The 2014 school year marked the beginning of a new TeamMates chapter at Wilcox-Hildreth Public School.
What is TeamMates?
The TeamMates Mentoring Program is a school-based one-to-one mentoring program that began in 1991. Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour a per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors support the strengths of the youth and help build a sense of hope, purpose and vision. The youth in the TeamMates program are called mentees.
What is the Mission of TeamMates?
The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.
What are the core values of TeamMates?
Commitment to youth – TeamMates is committed to serving youth with compassion and respect.
Safety – The safety and protection of the mentee and mentor is first priority.
Integrity and Trust – TeamMates is committed to integrity and trust in all relationships.
Inclusion – TeamMates is committed to the inclusion of mentees and mentors from diverse backgrounds.
Wilcox-Hildreth TeamMates Board Members
|April Overholser||President||Pastor Craig Cedar||Board Member|
|Marilee Aspegren||Vice-President||Jeff Loschen||Board Member|
|Hana Mach||Secretary||Andrea Quadhamer||Board Member|
|Debbie Reiss||Treasurer||Kelly Sheen||Board Member|
|Donnette Johnson||Program Coordinator||Brian Konert||Board Member|