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Expand your universe, mentor a child

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By The Staff

January is National Mentoring Month.  National Mentoring Month (NMM) is the time each year when our nation officially puts a spotlight on the importance of mentors and the need for every child to have a caring adult in his or her life. When you serve as a mentor, you enrich your own life as much as you do the life of a child. Mentoring leads to new experiences, new connections, new insights, and new satisfactions.

On December 30, 2008, President Bush issued a Proclamation designating January 2009 as National Mentoring Month. President-elect Barack Obama is featured in a print ad promoting mentor recruitment under the slogan, “Be the Change: Mentor a Child.”  Michelle Obama urges Americans to consider mentoring at-risk youth as the beginning of an ongoing commitment to serve. And General Powell is featured in a TV Public Service Announcement supporting the campaign.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 is the sixth annual Thank Your Mentor Day.

As Director of the Henry County CARE Team’s Love a Child Mentoring Program I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the mentors in Henry County Schools and Eminence Independent School. They are not only expanding their universe but also the universe of a child. They are working together with others to brighten the futures of the children and young people our community.

Have you often thought about someone who encouraged you, gave you confidence, or just pointed you in the right direction, but regret never having said “thank you?” Here’s your chance to honor them by sending a card or calling them to tell them what a difference they made in your life. What lessons—or words—of lasting value did they impart to you? Are there particular events or moments in your life that you recall in connection with your mentor? Let them know.

If you would like to know more about the Love A Child Mentoring Program and becoming a mentor please call me at 878-0001.

Jo Brewer