Posted October 29, 2012
Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan wants to know if you are up for the challenge.
|Are you prepared to leave a lasting legacy? Are you ready to be the difference in the life of a child?Are you willing to give the gift of a lifetime?|
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Dr. Ryan wants you to prove it! He has issued a district-wide challenge to all parents, employees and community members to sign up to mentor a GCISD student through the district's new partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). The goal -- sign up 150 mentors by the end of January 2013.
"This is a bold challenge with a powerful purpose," Ryan said. "Adult mentors can be the reason that a child soars to his or her highest potential. Students who have adult mentors who care about them, take time to build positive relationships with them and support them through the ups and downs of life develop self-confidence, ambition and hope for their futures. With as little as an hour a week, you can be that difference for a GCISD student."
The partnership with BBBS is made possible through the efforts of CONNECT (Connecting Student Needs with Community Resources), a program recently adopted under the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation in a joint venture to serve the students, employees and families of GCISD.
Parents/guardians, employees, business leaders and residents in surrounding communities who accept Dr. Ryan's challenge will serve as a "Big" (mentor) to a "Little" (student). Through a comprehensive matching process, each mentor will be paired with a specific student and will build positive relationships as well as provide emotional support, guidance or tutoring.
"It's going to take a strong effort of our entire community to meet this bold challenge of 150 mentors, but I am confident our community will step up to fill the need for our students and our schools," Ryan added.