(left to right) Christine Lundie, Sally Borden, Joe Arioli, Mary Loyer (an SB Mentoring mentor), and Steve Loyer enjoy good company at the Gala.

SB Mentoring Celebrates with Gala Event

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Thursday January 23, 2014

“She believed I could do anything. I had to prove her right.” 
— Tribute to a mentor from an SB Mentoring Gala guest.

Blue and white balloons, a chance to write words of thanks to a mentor, an inspirational keynote address, and a delicious fresh-foods dinner were all part of SB Mentoring’s Casual Gala event on January 11, a chance to celebrate the program and National Mentoring Month.

Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services, invited the seventy guests in attendance to reflect on the question, “Who mentored you?” while Master of Ceremonies Jay Hoffman, an F.H. Tuttle Middle School educator and 2013 Vermont Teacher of the Year, thanked the many people who had made this first-ever event possible.

SB Mentoring, a partnership between the South Burlington School District and HowardCenter, matches caring, respectful adults in the community one-on-one with wonderful young people in grades K-6 in South Burlington’s three elementary schools and the middle school.  In its third year, the program has just under fifty mentor-mentee teams meeting weekly to explore young people’s “sparks”: their passions and interests.

“It was wonderful to get together with other mentors and to hear Mark Redmond speak,” noted one Gala guest.  “He was truly inspiring, funny, and down-to-earth -- we really enjoyed listening to him.  The food was delicious, and the silent auction was an added plus!”

SB Mentoring will continue its celebration of National Mentoring Month with a Bookfair and Art Exhibit at Barnes and Noble on Dorset Street, Friday, January 24, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  An Artists’ Reception for the over fifty student artists who shared their work and their art teachers will be held that day from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on SB Mentoring, please contact Coordinator Susie Merrick at smerrick@sbschools.net or 238-1054.

SOURCE: Susie Merrick, Contributor