SALISBURY, Md. – Mentoring local students is an invaluable resource that helps with student achievement, communication skills, attendance and behavior. For the 3rd year in a row, Wicomico County employees are allowed 35 hours per year of paid leave time to take part in the Wicomico Mentoring Project in Wicomico County Public Schools.
County employees are encouraged to take an hour per week to mentor a student in one of the 26 Wicomico County Public Schools and learning centers. “We are lucky that Wicomico County sees the value in public school education, and is allowing their employees to use up to one hour per week to mentor our students. It truly is amazing how just an hour a week can inspire a local boy or girl. From improving their confidence, their grades, communication skills, behavior and attendance,” said Mark Thompson, Director of the Wicomico Mentoring Project.
The Wicomico County Council instituted the paid-time mentoring policy three years ago, and with the start of the new school year, the program is in need of many more mentors, according to Thompson.
Any Wicomico County employee or any citizen interested in becoming a mentor and helping a child become the best they can be, can fill out a Wicomico Mentoring Project application at wcboe.org, or contact Mark Thompson at 410-677-4536, for more information.
Paul Butler is the Director of Communications & Community Outreach for Wicomico County Public Schools.