Plainville Community Schools recently "kicked" off a new peer mentoring program, Positive Kids Influencing Kids (+K.I.K.), bringing students in the middle and high schools together for friendship and fun.
The +K.I.K. Program pairs a group of juniors in the high school with eighth grade students at the middle school. The high school students are bussed to the Middle School at the end of the school day to spend the last period of the middle school day with their "mentees." The mentor / mentee pairs come together bi-monthly to visit, discuss the transition to high school, and enjoy each other's company. The students follow an informal plan during each visit which includes time for everything from conversation about the various aspects of high school, to recreational sports, games, crafts or just catching up with their new friends.
"The goal of the +K.I.K. Program is to pair an academically, socially and emotionally strong junior with an eighth grade student for their final year at the middle school and during their freshman year at the high school to provide them with a friend during this transition," explained District Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Bradley. "We believe the confidence the student will have when starting school with a friend will potentially enhance their academic achievement as well. We hope this program inspires our eighth grade students to then pay it forward in their junior year and become a mentor in the +K.I.K. Program."
The kick-off celebration on January 13th provided the opportunity for the student participants to get to know each other and hear from a number of guest speakers who currently serve as mentors in the school district's mentor program including Plainville Board of Education Member, Foster White, Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage, and Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett. "I am very excited for our high school and middle school students who are involved in the +K.I.K. Program. I am confident it will be a positive experience for all involved," said Brummett.
Additional district staff members who support the new +K.I.K. Program include Dana Ross, Jessica Pepin, and Jeri Lynn Turkowitz.
-Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM
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