Dear Seedling Mentors,
As we mark the end of another successful school year, we want to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude one more time. Nationally, public figures like Oprah Winfrey and Colin Powell have brought important attention to the powerful role of mentors for our youth.
At our Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon on May 16, our keynote speaker Miss America Laura Kaeppeler added her voice, speaking of her own experience as a teenager when a mentor helped her make sense of an upended world.
Did you know that there are also eloquent spokespersons among our own Seedling mentees? Please enjoy these excerpts from the essays submitted by our recent 8th
grade scholarship applications:
- If you had a person like her, you would understand how thankful you are to have a person other than a family member that actually cares.
- He has kept me thinking on good things even if bad things were happening to me in school or at home.
- She always told me to keep on going and to never listen to anyone who said that I wouldn’t do it because she knew I could because I was smart and I had what was necessary.
- You have your mentor you can talk to and just let your feelings explode like a book, story after story.
Thank you for giving of yourself this year. As these students have let us know, mentors make a difference!
~Sari Waxler, Executive Director and the Seedling Mentor Program Staff