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Powerful impact

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the Buddy Program and the Big Buddies at Roaring Fork High School who are positively impacting 14 little lives at Crystal River Elementary School in the Peer-to-Peer mentoring program. Watching you spend time with your Little Buddy is heartwarming, tender and joyous!

Changing lives is important business, and little things do matter! The Buddy Program invited you to share yourself with a student and have the opportunity to share basic social-emotional skills, and you responded with open arms, smiles, inspiration and energy. Not only do you have a chance to begin a relationship with a child, but also the opportunity to impact a child’s academic and social future. Your presence in our school is noticed and appreciated by all.

All week, I hear from teachers, children and parents about the positive impact you are having on our children and how each and every child involved feels “special” because they have a Big Buddy. I can only hope that this program will grow and expand so that more children will have the same opportunity.

Thank you to the Buddy Program staff for your continued work with children in the Roaring Fork Valley. Also, thank you to Andrea Caruso, counselor at RFHS, for coordinating the high school students. My biggest thanks are to the RFHS students: Ana, Willy, Rene, Judith, Haley, Ricardo, Carlos, Trevor, Keegan, Ana Karen, Kenia, Nayeli, Georgia and Jocelyn for your time and dedication to the Buddy Program.

January is National Mentoring Month. If you want to learn how to become a Big Buddy or lend your support, call (970) 920-2130 or go to http://www.buddyprogram.org.

Linda Haydock, school counselor

Crystal River Elementary School

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