Communities In Schools of Lakewood (CISL) is training new mentors for students in grades 4-9. Mentors meet with students once a week at the school between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Training is provided every week and the next training is Sept. 25, 12:00-1:15 at the CISL Office, 6402 100th St. SW, Lakewood, 98499. If you wish to start mentoring, download an application form at www.lakewood.ciswa.org or contact Doug Baxter at 589-7489. Here are short profiles of several students waiting for a mentor:
- 5th grader at Oakwood. His grades are going down because he struggles to complete his work. A person who could motivate him to try harder at school would be perfect.
- 4th grade boy at Oakwood. He likes to show off and then regrets that he made a poor choice. He tends to blame others and his grades are slipping. A bilingual mentor would be great.
- 4th grade girl at Oakwood. She like playing computer games, outdoor sports, cooking, singing, karate and cards. She wants to know more about being a vet or doctor. She speaks Spanish and Chinese. Unfortunately, she has little parental support and is doing poorly in school.
- 6th grade girl at Woodbrook. She need someone to talk to about the steps she might take to escape the “generational poverty” lifestyle, and let he know that it is not an impossible dream.
- 5th grade girl at Oakwood. She is falling behind in school and has little parent support. A mentor who could encourage and motivate her to try harder would make a big difference.
- 4th grade girl at Park Lodge. She lack self-confidence and is falling behind in school.
- 7th grade boy at Mann MS. This young man lacks positive role models and tends to make poor choices. He could thrive under the influence of a successful person in the community.