Academic Boosters recognize mentors

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Since its inception in 1992, the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters (FAB) has worked to facilitate mentor-student relationships that produce lasting results.

As part of National Mentoring Month, Fredericksburg Academic Boosters is recognizing volunteer mentors who serve students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

(See the advertisement in today’s edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.) 

The mentoring program has helped hundreds of students during its 20-plus years in operation at Fredericksburg Elementary School, Fredericksburg Middle School, Fredericksburg High School and Stonewall Elementary School. 

FAB and the school mentor coordinators, Elena Howard (FES), Lori McClellan (FMS), Holly Shepard (FHS), and Mike McNeil (Stonewall), express their appreciation to the volunteers who give their time to inspire and motivate the youth of Fredericksburg and Stonewall.

They also invite local citizens to join this worthy mission by pledging 30-60 minutes once a week to mentor a child. 

“We currently have over 100 children being served in our program, with many more children on a waiting list for a mentor,” said Afton Hominick, FAB board member and mentor program liaison. “Through hard work and dedication from the community, our program has seen many success stories. Thanks to our volunteers donating their time to be with kids, they help keep this successful program running.”

The mentoring program strives to provide at-risk children with a stable adult relationship within which they can develop higher self-esteem, motivation, and academic achievement.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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