Letter to the Editor | Make a difference in students' lives

Letter to the Editor | Make a difference in students' lives

When I became a mentor four years ago, my mentee was in the fifth grade. I am happy to report, together, we have moved forward to eighth grade, and we meet each week during her lunch hour. We talk about her goals, schoolwork, respect for others, doing the little things in life that make a difference. Based on our age difference of more than 70 years, she has opened my eyes to a different world as I knew it.

My goal is to follow her through to graduation from high school. Upon completion of high school, she is eligible to receive a scholarship.

To date, there are 674 mentors for the entire student population of 14,288 in C-U schools. Hundreds of kids are still waiting for a mentor of their own. I am blessed to have the opportunity to help make a difference in someone's life.

For more information, in Champaign schools, call Lauren Smith at 351-3722, and in Urbana, callTom Howley at 337-0853.

DORIS A. HIGGINS

Champaign

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