Written by Elizabeth Phillips, Lexington Three Mentoring Program Coordinator
January is national Mentoring Month and January 30th is designated as national Thank Your Mentor Day. In celebration of these honorary times, Lexington County School District Three and I would like to give thanks to the loving, dedicated and wonderful mentors who give freely of their time to make a massive impact on the lives of children living in the Batesburg-Leesville community. Lexington Three’s mentors are: Donna Boozer, Donna Crapps, Evelyn Crapps, Darline Gantt, Lynn Goodman, Juanita Hawfield, Pastor Lisa Isenhower, Freida Israel, Carol Leaphart, Stephen Padgett, Delores Peaster, Elizabeth Phillips, Samuel Phillips, Daylene Pitts, Darlene Simpkins, Eurlee Steadman, Pastor Kent Suits, Peggy Torrey, Tricia Wilburn, Karen Williams, and Ruth Yorio. I would also like to thank our faithful organizational supporters: Faith Lutheran Evangelical Church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Wittenberg Lutheran Church and the WELCA organization.
Most of us have had mentors in our lives, whether they were coaches, teachers, or neighbors. As we reflect back, we can probably identify one or more people who mentored us along the way and offered a guiding hand to steer us in the right direction. Mentors make a difference in a variety of situations. If you have a caring passion for someone’s well-being and development, then you are a mentor. If you have ever given advice and guidance to someone other than a family member, then you are a mentor. If you have given your time to console and listen to another person’s concerns, then you are a mentor. Mentoring shows our youth that there is always someone who cares about them and according to the National Mentoring Partnership, mentoring can have important, life-altering effects on a child’s personal, academic and eventual professional situations.
George Eliot once stated, “What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?” Lexington Three is always looking to expand its mentoring outreach efforts. If you would like to join the movement and make a difference in the life of a child, you can contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or cell phone (803-960-1005).