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Standing in the gap
Kids Hope USA mentors Mac El’s neediest
By Eric Stoff, stoffe@maconaquah.k12.in.us

When Assistant Principal Jeremy Fewell noticed decrease in attendance and an increase in behavioral problems at Maconaquah Elementary School, he knew where to go.

Fewell turned to McGrawsville United Methodist Church for help implementing a mentor program in which adults from the church regularly mentor students with behavioral concerns. MUMC and Mac El plugged into a national mentor program called Kids Hope USA.

“Anytime we can get qualified volunteers to come in and help out, it’s always good.” Fewell said, adding MUMC has been a consistent partner for the school in the past. “We felt we had a need in this area.”

  

Fewell said MUMC assumed the financial responsibility of joining Kids Hope USA, and mentors of the program go through a “lengthy” training process before they can meet with students. Mentors go through background checks and attend monthly meetings at the church, and they are trained on how to navigate sensitive issues and how to keep church and state separate.

Fewell said the program was planned last school year, it was implemented in September, and it has decreased referrals and expulsions “at least by half” in that time.

Nancy Franklin, Director of Kids Hope USA at MUMC, said the 12 mentors currently enrolled in the program participate “because they have a big heart for children,” and they recognize the need in the community.

“Statistically, in nearly every economic indicator, our county suffers,” Franklin said. “Too many families in Miami County are in need of basics, and their children's education suffer because of it.

She said mentors include Maconaquah bus drivers, school board members, Sunday School teachers, and youth leaders. They typically meet with one student for one hour per week.

“(The mentors) understand the desperate need to pull up our kids — to create lifelong learners, to give hope, and, to share their incredible, expansive, endless love,” Franklin said.

Franklin said poverty is “highly correlated” with decreased academic success and opportunities in adulthood.

“One agency will never be able to fix the problems of poverty, but many different kinds of services can stand in the gap,” Franklin said. “Kids Hope is unique in that we don't provide material items, nor do we do counseling. We simply provide a trained adult mentor who can show interest, help with academics and social learning, and encourage and provide hope.”

Both Fewell and Franklin said they look forward to seeing the program grow in years to come. Fewell said the goal is to have 25 mentors involved.

“To have people who are willing to come here and do this, I think it’s a great partnership that will continue to flourish,” Fewell said.

Franklin agreed, saying she hopes the program’s success encourages, “those sitting on the sidelines that this is a pretty special program — a not-to-miss opportunity to make a true difference in a child's life.”

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Book Cart

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  • PTO Meeting 3:30pm

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  • Bingo Night 6-7:30pm

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  • End of 3rd Nine Weeks (50 days)

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  • End of 3rd Nine Weeks

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  • Spring Break - Intercession

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  • Spring Intercession

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  • Spring Break

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  • Spring Break

    Spring Break for all students
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  • Classes Begin for 4th Semester

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

     

  Mrs. McPike             Mr. Fewell

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!  We are excited to begin this journey with our students and families.  As we kick off the school year, please remember to check our website often for announcements and information.  I have listed a few helpful reminders to make it a great start.  As always, please feel free to contact me at anytime.  Welcome to Mac El!  It 's going to be a great year!

Kelly McPike

  • Lunch Visitors: Please remember that lunch visitors and not allowed to go to recess with their child (indoor or outdoor). This is school policy. It is in the handbook and posted in the office.
  •  ID Badges: Students are required to wear their ID badges at school all day and on the buses. Students need to have their ID out and ready to scan on and off the buses. School ID’s are used for student lunch, breakfast, library, bus security, and school security. So please be sure your child brings their ID every day. Any students that purposefully damage their ID’s or lose their ID’s will need to bring in $5 to purchase a new ID.
  •  Proper Dress: Parents just a reminder to have your students dress appropriately for school. We will continue to go outside as it gets colder. We pay attention to the heat index and wind chill factor to make our decision on whether or not students should be outside or not. Please take a look at the following statements from our 2016-17 Maconaquah Elementary student/Parent Handbook. RECESS CLOTHING AND PROPER DRESS – Whenever possible, our students will be expected to go outside for recess, students should be dressed appropriately according to the weather.  If a child has been ill and parent desires for him/her to stay in at recess and or Physical Education class, a note from the doctor is required. (Page 9 of the 2015-16 Maconaquah Elementary Student/Parent Handbook).
  •  Mac El is now on Twitter! Follow us @Macelbraves. There is additional information on how to create a twitter account. If you do not want a Twitter account, you can still get the information and tweets via text messages to your phone by texting 40404 and sending follow @Macelbraves. Standard data and messaging rates apply.

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