There are many skills that are important in life. Working together with others, leadership and personal responsibility are a few that Spencer Middle School teacher, Mrs. Storm hopes to develop through a new mentoring program launched this school year.
Storm was looking for a way to help 6th graders successfully transition to the middle school and have a greater sense of connection to their school and peers. When the mentorship idea was first mentioned to her 8th grade students, Storm said they were very interested and excited. When discussing the program Storm added, “The 8th grade students I have this year are very compassionate and are deep thinkers. I really felt they would be a great group of students to try the peer mentor/mentee group with.”
Though the focus is on helping the younger students, Storm hopes that the experience will develop responsibility and leadership skills with the 8th graders. Through group discussions, the students became aware of the responsibilities that peer mentors need in order to make the experience successful. Storm said that the students have taken their job very seriously. In response to being asked how things are going, Storm said, “So far the focus has been on building relationships through fun and personal interactions. I am anxious to see how these relationships develop throughout the school year.”