You can encourage someone!
Each year, Pike View teachers are asked to look at the students in their class and identify those who could benefit from having someone that is their personal cheerleader. Many of these students don’t have that at home. They are growing up in single-parent homes and in some instances, are taking on huge responsibilities for the rearing of their siblings. Each of these students are struggling in one or more subjects and they don’t have anyone at home to encourage them to do better or even expect that they can do better.
This year, the student list was much larger than our Encourager list. Because of that, we have had to place about 30 students on the waiting list, but 15 Encouragers could change that and every student the teachers have identified would benefit from being paired with an Encourager. We meet once a week, Mondays or Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, spending 30 minutes with each student. It may not seem like a lot, but many of the students have never had anyone give 30 minutes of undivided attention to them. If you are willing to have your life changed while you change the life of a student, consider being an Encourager.
Remember what Harold said last week? Just jump in and try – the commitment is for the current school year. Call Barbara Scorza at 771-1117 (or email her) and let her know you want to help!