When I was first asked to mentor, I said, "No," thinking I just didn’t have the time. I kept thinking about it, though, and heard how others enjoyed their mentoring experiences. I also heard about the difference it was making in the lives of the children. I finally volunteered to be a mentor several years ago, and I have never regretted it one bit.
My first child was an elementary-age boy, and I stayed with him until he went into high school. Four years later we are still good friends. I now have a girl who will be in the 4th grade. She has been with me since she was a 1st grader. Being with these children has been very special. I hope I am helping by giving my time and guidance to a child; but when I am always greeted with a big smile and a hug, I know I am receiving a lot more that I am giving.
Being around the other mentors and their children is such a joy, too. Making new friends and hearing all the chatter and laughter throughout the room always makes my time at school a happy and fun-filled experience.
Over the years, I have seen so many children gain confidence through the love and dependability of a mentor. Their behavior in class has improved, and they have made new friends. Being a mentor takes very little time, but it makes a world of difference in the life of a child. I am so thankful we have a mentoring program in Mason, and I am so happy to be a part of it.