Ending the School Year

Jumping Mentored Children“I want to finish the year with a big bang!”

We applaud mentors who want to plan a special end-of-the-year gift for their mentees. We want to help by offering a list of great ideas that can be meaningful, age-appropriate, within program guidelines, and provide good resources and memories for your mentee’s summer and beyond.

Fun Activities:

  • A large zip-lock bag with age-appropriate fun activities: coloring books, connect-the-dots, word search, crayons or markers, stickers, glue sticks, etc.
  • Playing cards: Old Maid, Uno, Blink, or a regular deck (for Crazy 8, Battle, Go Fish, Solitaire)
  • Sports equipment: basketball, Frisbee, or colorful all-purpose ball
  • Reading Support and Encouragement
  • “Bag o’ Books”: Half Price Books, Recycled Reads, Walmart, garage sales, etc. are good sources of affordable books. Inscribe one of them with a memorable message. Ask the school librarian for recommendations, or see http://library.austintexas.gov/youth.
  • Encourage your mentee to visit his neighborhood library where there are exceptional summer programs available for no cost. Library Map

Writing Support and Encouragement:

Provide your mentee with a nice journal with a special note written inside. Suggest that he/she write in that journal anything special or interesting or important that happens over the summer. Let your mentee know that you will be very interested in reading any parts of the journal that the mentee might want to share when the two of you reconnect in late August.

Small, thoughtful gifts are a wonderful way to close the school year out and lay the foundation for the next year, and remember you can always arrange to trade postcards or emails over the summer.  August comes faster than you can imagine!

Happy Mentoring, and Thank You from Seedling’s Mentor Program

Seedling’s Mentor Program Staff

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