Rushville Republican

August 9, 2013

RCHS Mentors help incoming Freshman


Rushville Republican

---- — The RCHS Roaring Mentors Program brought together RCHS Seniors and Juniors with incoming Freshman on July 31 to help them make a smooth transition from middle school to high school.

The RCHS Roaring Mentors Program made its debut three years ago and continues to be a great way for freshman and upper classman to join forces. “The goal of this program is to assign each freshman an upper classman with whom they can build a line of communication and assistance as needed,” stated Mr. Rob Hadley, RCHS principal.

The Mentors for this program are dedicated to its purpose and concentrate on assistance and communication especially during the first semester of high school. They not only help ease the transition process but also discuss such topics as attendance, homework, agenda use and freedom. For them every question is a good question from “what if I can’t get my locker open” to “I’m not good in math – can I get extra help?”

Approximately 50 Mentors shared a dinner with incoming Freshman on Wednesday, July 31. They started at 5 p.m. in the RCHS Cafeteria with general information and met their students. Following a dinner, the Mentors helped Freshman by touring the school, visiting their classrooms and locker locations and answering any questions they had. Parents joined their Freshman at 7:00 p.m. in Laughlin Center for a variety of information to help all have a successful start to the school year.

The RCHS Roaring Mentors commitment to this program does not end on July 31. Each mentor has made a time commitment that entails meeting with their Freshman at least twice a week through October. In addition they are available to assist whenever needed.