Elementary school seeks mentors


Emily Dubec-Hunter

Despite the cold, sophomore Sonya Foster considers the mentoring program.

For all students looking for an opportunity to mentor elementary aged kids and earn volunteer hours, look no farther.

Starting in January, students in grades 10 through 12 will travel to West Melbourne School for Science every Tuesday to participate from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“The purpose is two-fold: one is to affect the West Melbourne School for Science students, particularly the fifth- and sixth-graders and also to give West Shore students a way to volunteer,” E.J. Castor, whose daughter attends West Shore and son attends West Melbourne.

Castor established the program after her son’s positive experience with a mentor when he attended the American Community School in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“It was easier because they developed a good relationship and it was someone at the time that he admired,” Castor said. “My son aspired to do well in school so that he could go back during their sessions and show what he accomplished as a result of their interactions.”

Those mentoring should expect to develop a relationship with the younger students while teaching them valuable life skills.

“They will be teaching them time management and will participate in other several different projects such as how to keep from procrastinating and taking charge of yourself,” Castor said.