Lincoln Elementary School is proud to announce that it is one of the newest members of CFES. College for Every Student is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping students prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.
The essence of College For Every Student is the engagement of every CFES Scholar in three high-impact practices that research has shown effective in not only getting students on track toward college, but also helping them persist once there — mentoring, leadership through service, and pathways to college.
Last year, Haley Donathan, a student at Delta High School, had the vision to see the students at LES gain the knowledge and set goals to be able go to college. She began talking with both the high school and Lincoln Elementary School. It wasn't until this year with the help and support of Tammy Shelton, assistant principal at LES and a few teachers, that they got the ball rolling. LES is starting strong to build the tools for tomorrow. LES took 20 students to two different trainings held by CFES on leadership and mentoring. They started with a kick-off assembly at the beginning of Homecoming week with a parade of college pennants made by these students and speeches by Kurtis Nethington and Jillian Carlson, both fourth graders at LES. Now there are mentoring programs set up between DHS and LES. Mentoring is also taking place within the school. Fifth and fourth grade students are mentoring kindergarten and first grade students on the playground and with reading. Tammy Shelton has also worked very hard to organize students in campus cleanup and other community service projects.
On Nov. 9 and 10 Kari Kuta and Kristie Donathan, both teachers at Lincoln Elementary, along with Haley Donathan, senior at Delta High School, traveled to Albany, N.Y., for the CFES national conference. At this conference Haley was asked to present on a panel discussion called "Shades of Mentoring." She was given the opportunity to speak for 10 minutes about the mentoring programs at Lincoln Elementary School. She ended her speech with this, "Sometimes we just have to remember that you don't need to create big things, you just need to find something simple and love these kids." The room was then opened up for discussion from the panelists. In answer to the question, "How would you describe mentoring to someone?" Haley responded, "You don't always have to be the student with the 4.0 GPA, you just need to be someone who wants to inspire others and help them reach their goal."
Along with the group from LES also attending the conference were two administrator/teachers from Delta Opportunity School, two administrator/counselors and three students from Delta High School.blog comments powered by Disqus