Thursday, February 14, 2013

When you recognize someone special in your life for Valentine’s Day…some recognize their mentors.

Lehman Junior, Olivia Sehlhorst, daughter of Marcie and
Dan Sehlhorst of Troy with her assigned little at Longfellow
Elementary School, Bradley Douglas (7 years old) son of
Vandora Wellbaum. Making valentines for those special in their lives…
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County recently held the After School Mentoring session at Longfellow School. This site is part of the agencies program that encompasses three elementary schools in Shelby County and two Elementary Schools in Darke County during the academic year. During these sessions’ area high school volunteers, sophomores through seniors, volunteer their time two times per month to offer guidance and support through the direction of the agency staff.

During this recent outing, the program focused on character building activities including making valentines for those important people in their life. Many chose teachers, parents, grandparents and a large population of the participants selected their mentors. What a wonderful testimony that these high students have a BIG impact on the lives of these children.

In addition to our after-school program, the agency has over 120 community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke County. These matches meet together twice a month for outings which are planned around the volunteer’s schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor, who can serve as a positive role model, and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities. There are still over 10 children waiting for a Big Brother or Sister in the program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our High School Buddies program or the community-based program, please call 547-9622 or 492-7611 or logon to our website at for more information. . One upcoming event is our Bowl for Kids Sake 2013 to be held on March 1 and 3. Teams are forming now and we need your support to keep our programs up and running. This will be a fun event open to the community. Bowling spots are filling up quickly so please call to reserve your time and register your team today.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. If you would like more information about how to become a volunteer, you may visit the agency web site at or call the Sidney office at (937)492-7611 or the Greenville office at (937)547-9622.

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