Participants in the SpringBoard Mentor program at Hollibrook Elementary had some extra time and fun this week. Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (MDUMC) hosted a holiday party for the school's mentors and mentees to celebrate relationships - a critical component in student success. It was also a great way to get into a festive spirit in advance of the holiday winter break.
Sponsored by MDUMC, the party provided mentor and mentees pairs with refreshments, an opportunity to make ornaments, play games, and spend some extra time deepening their connections. Mentees also had a chance to visit the book fair with their mentors, which resulted in many new books going home with the students.
"Our students' eyes sparkled as they saw their mentors walk in," said Kassandra Segura, one of Hollibrook Elementary's Communities in Schools student support specialists.
This year, the school's seen more than 30 mentors visit once a week during their mentees' lunch periods to engage in activities, and play games. This investment in building personal connections is fundamental to creating a meaningful learning experience for kids. When kids feel supported school culture improves, peer relationships benefit, and students excel.
Most of the mentors at Hollibrook attend MDUMC, including the senior pastor, Dr. John Robbins.
"Everyone walked out of the library with big smiles," said Segura. "We are so grateful for everything the mentors do here at Hollibrook."
To see more photos from the event, go here.
There are more than 400 mentors in the SpringBoard program in Spring Branch ISD. If you would like to be a mentor to a student "on the brink of success," please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. More details and resources are available on the SpringBoard website.
Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications