Thursday, July 16, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters “Big Buddies” After School Program ends with Smiles!

Bigs and Littles enjoying a craft activity together. The Big Buddy, Jennifer Terriquez
from Mississinawa High school. Matched with
Little Buddy Abigail Barton. Daughter of Maria Barton from Greenville.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters High School mentoring program concluded 2014/15 “Big Buddies” after-school program. Each site celebrated with snacks, games and crafts.

The program pairs high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with local youth and the “matches” meet twice a month throughout the school year. The High School “Buddies” work together with their “Littles” on activities that focus on educational and social enhancement, as well as personal safety. This past year our curriculum focused on Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Some of the STEM activities included building a tower out of toothpicks & marshmallows, learning about chromatography (how marker on a coffee filter spreads when it gets wet), learning new games on Kindle fires’, math relays, creating bubble wands, and much more. All activities are planned and supervised by the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

The locations for the 2014/15 Darke County Big Buddies program included sites in Greenville at Woodland Heights Elementary, Ansonia Elementary, and Versailles Elementary. The Locations for Shelby County Big Buddies program includes sites at Emerson, Longfellow, Whittier, and Northwood Elementary Schools all located in Sidney. There were 23 Bigs & Littles at Woodland heights, 37 Bigs & Littles at Ansonia Elementary, 35 Bigs & Littles at Versailles Elementary, 25 Bigs & Littles at Emerson, 53 Bigs & Littles at Longfellow, 53 Bigs & Littles at Whittier, and 37 Bigs & Littles at Northwood. That equals to 263 students 18 years or younger who benefited from the after school big buddies program in Shelby & Darke county.

Big Brother Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is a nonprofit United Way agency and an affiliate organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Any high school student interested in becoming a mentor for the 2015-2016 school year should call the office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. The agency is also still in need of local adult volunteer mentors as well. If you have a couple of hours to spare two times a month we have volunteer opportunities for you.

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