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Mentoring at Manning Elementary

Jun 09, 2016 10:57AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Manning Elementary has implemented a student to student mentoring program. Cross-age peer mentoring is when older students befriend and mentor younger students in a structured environment. Students in the fourth and fifth grade classes have volunteered to mentor kindergarten and first grade students at Manning. Students who have signed up for mentoring the young Meteors give up recess or come in early at least once a week for the duration of the school year. Some of the mentoring activities include: practicing math facts, reading words, practicing spelling, helping with writing, social skills, playing games, etc.

There are numerous benefits for both the mentee and mentor. The mentees feel more connected to school and their classmates, experience improved academic achievement, social behaviors, and self-confidence. The mentors experience greater school connectedness, increase self-esteem and intrapersonal skills, empathy and conflict resolution skills.