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Be A Mentor: Great Need For More Mentors


"Adrianna, what are you interested in doing today." That question from Waterloo Schools volunteer mentor, Maggie Burger, to her mentoring student, 7th grader, Adrianna Miller.

Across the room at Central Middle School, Maggie's Mom, Deb Burger, is also talking time to mentor a student, in Waterloo 6th grader, Breanna Henry. 

Maggie and Deb have a true passion for helping young people, and that's what mentoring is really all about. Mentors help students through friendship, support and assistance. They greatly aid the students in their  personal and academic growth.

Deb and Breanna Henry have been meeting for the past five years, says Deb. "It's been a wonderful experience for me, and I think Breanna would say the same thing. I look forward to getting together with her at school and away from school."

The Waterloo Community School District has two mentoring programs. One is through the District's ‘Teammates' program, and the other is through Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Iowa.

Maggie got involved when she moved back to the area. "This came about because Adrianna was new to the district, new to the school. And, they asked me if I would meet with her and we met for the first time and really had a great time. It's been a wonderful experience."

Breanna says she very much enjoys her time with Deb, and for good reason: "She was my first friend when I moved from California to Iowa, We go bowling and sometimes, we go to Chuckie Cheese. It's been a lot of fun and it means a lot to me."

Adrianna also says the mentoring experience has been very positive. "It's made me feel really good. I like meeting with her because she makes me feel happy. Mentoring is something I look forward to. I'm going to be a mentor when I grow up."

Maggie points out both girls have improved their grades, and she hopes more people will get involved in helping students through the mentoring programs out there. "Just encourage people to be a mentor. Give it a try and I think they'll be surprised."

For information on becoming a Waterloo Schools Mentor, contact Ellen Vanderloo at 319-433-1920, or go the web sites listed above. See the video.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele




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