Student Mentoring Program
For over 20 years, we have been successfully matching students with trained adult mentors from Garlock Sealing Technologies. Mentors are interviewed, selected and trained for their roles in working with young students. Participating students meet once a week, in the school setting, with their mentor for lunch. During their time we have many games, crafts, and activities. The goals of the mentoring program are to provide students with additional caring; positive adults who can help support the student in further developing their communication skills, confidence and personal growth. Each student is matched to a mentor who has common interests or complimentary personalities. Students look forward to their "mentor" day and so do the mentors! The mentoring relationship can follow a student as they proceed to the next grade or it can last for only one year. We have had some students continue to meet with their mentor into their high school years!
The mentor program helps students build their confidence, to engage the child more in school and give them a sense of belonging, to provide opportunities to practice their social skills, to relieve some stress in their life, and many other reasons.
The Listening Post
This is a program where our school partners up with Parkwood Heights Senior Living Campus in Macedon. It provides students the opportunity to meet with a positive senior adult role model who is truly interested in young people, and their learning experiences. The volunteers have completed training as school listeners. The children eat lunch in a supervised area with the senior volunteers and other listening post students (all 5th graders) for 1 hour. During their time their will be many fun games, crafts and other activities.
Catholic Charities of Wayne County
Catholic Charities works with our school in helping children in a variety of emotional, social and/or behavioral difficulties. Catholic Charities is able to dedicate one of their licensed social workers to assist families and students at our Intermediate and Primary School. Once a week this counselor meets with students individually, or in small groups at our school setting. This counselor also meets and/or contacts the child's parents and the child's teachers regularly to set goals and share progress. Please contact the school counselor to explore if this service would be appropriate for your child.
Families and Communities Together (FACT)
The Wayne County Department of Aging & Youth works with our school in providing outreach counselors to assist our students and their families who may have multiple concerns. The outreach counselor meets with the family, and together they talk and identify strengths and goals; and then decide what services would work for best for the family. The counselor then works to link the families to available support services to help reduce any stress and difficulties that the family may be experiencing. Families can be referred to FACT when a child is having difficulty with their behavior at school or at home. Participation in FACT is voluntary. Please contact the school counselor to explore if this service would be appropriate for your child and family.
Please contact Darci Perrotta(986-4474) if you have any questions about any of the above programs.