Students Gain Mentors and Creative Encouragement

Educator Elsa Brizzi, left, at a Woman’s Club event with member  Peggie Thomas.

Educator Elsa Brizzi, left, at a Woman’s Club event with member Peggie Thomas.

This fall begins the initiation of an intergenerational mentoring arrangement between second grade students from the Boys and Girls Club and trained volunteer mentors from the Susi Q Senior Center.

Volunteers for the project are welcome to attend a meeting at the Susi Q, 380 Third St., Wednesday, Aug. 14 or Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. The initiative by  The Woman’s Club is directed by local educator Elsa Brizzi.

Each child will be paired with a mentor, who will held them develop literacy skills by reading using a tutorial process. Club members will receive once a week tutoring for five weeks, beginning in mid-October. The book “You are a very special you” by Brizzi, will be used as the project’s text. The tutoring will culminate in a special presentation in December where students will demonstrate their new-found skills.

In the project’s second phase in January, children will create and illustrate their own book about themselves. The children will continue to work with their mentor, but will also be assisted by LOCA artists who will help them illustrate their written texts.

LOCA intends to create a website to showcase each student’s work, which will also be showcased at the library.

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