Nettleton mentoring program benefits all
A new program in the Nettleton School District allows younger children to spend time with older mentors while the older students enjoy the time as part of their class work. "FACS Friends" is a mentoring and education program that pairs the high school-and middle school-aged students, said Mandy Zipfel, NIC counselor. Twenty-four high school students visit NIC each Wednesday, half in the morning and half in the afternoon. The morning group goes to block classes - such as art and physical education - while the afternoon group joins the students for lunch and recess. On Wednesday, the 31st the role of mentor was taken a step further as the NIC and high school students visited Central Elementary to read to the first-grade students there. The groups then donated the books to the first graders. While the program only recently started, Zipfel said the benefits have been obvious and plans are to expand the program in the future.