MOUNT VERNON — The Kenyon Mentor program, which connects college students with gifted elementary school pupils, is not expensive in terms of money, but it is priceless in terms of the value gained by the participants.
So said Don Garvic, program coordinator and gifted education consultant with the Knox County Educational Service Center, and families of area third- and fourth-graders who attended Wednesday’s presentation of projects would agree.
Really Rine, whose daughter Lily took part in the program, said it gave Lily an opportunity to learn about different countries. “Working one-on-one with an older student really encouraged her to learn,” Rine continued. “It made her feel special, too.”
Amanda Somekh and Zoe Smith, Kenyon College student liaisons for the program, also talked about the value of the program. Somekh, a senior, is in her third year of mentoring and second as liaison.
“I just love working with kids,” she said. “It’s nice to develop a relationship with the students over the course of our semester and see how they progress. I coordinate because I wanted to get a lot of people involved (in the program).”
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