Quality Programs At Local Schools

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Editor:

It is time that readers heard some good news for a change, especially when it comes to the teens in this community! It is a privilege to be the bearer of this good news, since I am a witness to the magic these young mentors work each week. There are more than 40 elementary students at Julia Randall and Frontier elementary schools who can also vouch for these wonderful high school students.

As the program specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Payson, I am constantly reminded of the quality we have in our local schools. Payson High provides over 20 mentors to Julia Randall Elementary and Payson Center for Success accounts for 20 matches at Frontier Elementary.

My job requires frequent follow up with all concerned in these matches and we are truly blessed to have such caring young people in Payson.

These young mentors account for 41 of the 61 total matches in this community. They attend school, play sports, are in drama, perform with the band, sing in the choir, play on the soccer team, play softball, wrestle, are artists, have jobs, care for their own children and try to have a tiny life of their own! It would be impossible to say that any person is busier than these wonderful students, yet they have time to give back to their community.

Their Little Brothers and Sisters would be lost without them. Much of the progress made by these “Littles” can be directly and indirectly attributed to the fact that some great teens care about them.

I am constantly humbled by the care, dedication and wisdom demonstrated by these teens. They bond almost instantly with their “Littles” and are true and deserving role models in our schools. It is an honor to know them and to work with them each week. The “Boomers,” like me, should not worry about the future of this country! It is in the hands of some wonderful “kids” who definitely have their heads on straight and their hearts in the right place. You know who you are and I want you to know that I thank you and love each and every one of you!

Ginger Sparks

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