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Volunteer for yourself, and others

Dear Editor:

In honor of National Mentoring Month, this month, I would like to take a few moments to thank the Buddy Program. This is an extremely valuable program that makes a profound difference in the lives of both the children and the adults that participate. In our district, we have adults from the community mentoring students as well as high school students serving as buddies and mentors to elementary students.

In everyone’s life there are those people that we consider mentors and guides as we go through life. When you are a big buddy in the Buddy Program, you are able to do that and so much more! You are able to be a friend to a young person and hold a special place in the life of a child to enhance his or her life and self-esteem.

The Buddy Program is always in need of volunteers and often has many more little buddies on the waiting list than there are big buddies. I would like to encourage adults across the valley to volunteer their time and become a significant person in the life of a little buddy. Not only is this a very rewarding experience for the young person, but you will find it adds a great deal to your own life, as well!

I have had the wonderful opportunity to hear many adult buddies share their experiences. Some of them have been with their buddy for many years. The experience of watching a young person grow and develop into a young adult is one that can not be adequately described. What you take very quickly from those conversations is an understanding of an experience that has changed both people’s lives.

Please consider this experience and contact the Buddy Program, 925-5717, for additional information or to volunteer to become a big buddy!

Dr. Diana Sirko

superintendent, Aspen School District

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