But that short 30 minutes just might mean the world to a child.
“It gives them (the students) someone to talk with who is an active listener,” Principal Linville said Friday. “It’s so important to these kids.”
Stories from BBBS are similar, noting both the kids and the adults involved in the program go their separate ways with a renewed spirit after the visits. “We all get a lunch break and it is not only rewarding to meet with the kids, but we feel rejuvenated and ready to go back to work with more energy for the rest of the day,” one mentor shared with staff of BBBS.
BBBS Executive Director Bev Karaszia has mentioned time and again that students enrolled in the program typically see improved grades and attendance in addition to developing greater self-esteem.
Students of GES are not the only local children serviced by the AIM program.
St. Mary’s Elementary students meet with mentors Tuesdays.
Their counterparts at South Decatur Elementary meet each Wednesday while North Decatur Elementary School students spend time with their lunch buddies each Thursday.
More information about the AIM program and Big Brothers-Big Sisters in general can be found at www.bbbsgreensburg.org.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056