The Plainville Community Schools Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Peers Excel) Program has received a $2,000 grant from the FSB Foundation, a charitable foundation operated by Farmington Savings Bank, according to Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, Maureen Schiffer. "We are thrilled to receive this grant funding which will insure this valuable program can continue for the coming school year," said Schiffer.
The Project H.O.P.E. Program began in 2005 as an idea developed by Plainville Community Schools Psychologist, Suzanne Schweitzer. At that time, Schweitzer created the program to match Plainville High School Student Liaison Committee members as mentors for fifth grade students at Linden Street School. Since that time, the program has expanded to include fifth graders at all three Plainville elementary schools and has become a huge success. The program is coordinated by both Schweitzer and Plainville High School Assistant Principal, Jonathan Coe.
The program model is a half-day workshop where the elementary students spend time in small groups led by their high school mentors. The mentors participate in skits that include topics such as tolerance, peer pressure, drug addiction/substance abuse and bullying. The program also includes components such as team building activities and line dancing. A district-wide parent evening showcase serves as the culminating event for the program each year.
"This program is significant in the lives of our elementary students who are paired with high school student mentors! The benefits are many, with our high school students experiencing their influence as role models for younger students," stated Dr. Kathleen Binkowski, Superintendent of Schools.
-Posted on July 23, 2009 at 10:44 AM
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