Thursday, June 3, 2010

Seymour’s Bungay mentoring program earns A+ scores

New Haven Register (Seymour, CT) June 3: 

“Violet Johnson retired from her secretary’s job at Bungay Elementary School 14 years ago, but it’s like she never left. One day a week, Johnson returns to the school where she worked for 25 years to volunteer in a senior mentor program with first- and second-graders on reading and social skills. ‘The children all come in with smiles on their faces,’ Johnson said Tuesday during the final session of the school year. ‘There is something about the one-on-one (attention). They want to please us.’…There are 13 women who mentor students Tuesday mornings…Volunteer Anne Belske of Seymour said they see ‘a big improvement in the children in their reading (skills). They also become more outgoing,’ she said.”
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