Jefferson MentorsPosted by Jim Rutkowski on 1/28/2015 10:15:00 AMEvery Tuesday and Thursday morning, from 7:45 to 8:10, the Jefferson College for Every Student 5th grade mentors wait for their younger mentees to arrive at school and report to the gym to meet their mentors. As they enter the gym, the mentors grab their folders, greet their mentees, and move to a quiet place in the gym to read and work on academic skills. Each folder, prepared by teachers and teacher aides, contains reading material, worksheets, and a journal to track progress and note new words learned. The mentors help these younger students prepare for the school day, talk to them about school, and most importantly, develop a strong relationship based upon trust and support. This relationship extends through the school day as mentors and mentees touch base in the hallways, at lunch, and during special events. The mentoring extends into some classrooms as the older students assist their buddies with science experiments, art projects, and filling the hallways with positive messages and student successes. For the mentors, they realize that by helping their mentees, they are becoming better students themselves; reinforcing their academic skills, developing responsibility, and improving their communication skills. For the younger students, they have a friend there to greet them at the start of school and a peer that watches out for them.
Harding HelpsPosted by Jim Rutkowski on 1/26/2015 12:20:00 PMIn December of 2014, teachers and CFES scholars became aware of the plight of the homeless in Erie and the desperate need for certain survival items they would help them make it through the upcoming winter months. Harding’s Student Council, along with CFES scholars, published a list of items needed, posted them in each classroom, encouraged all to participate, and notified parents about this project. Items soon started piling up in each classroom, parents and grandparents knitted hats and gloves, and local businesses funded the purchasing of additional items. The Upper Room shelter provided backpacks and just before the Holiday, students began filling each backpack with the survival items. Before they realized the extent of the collection, more than 60 packs were filled and ready for distribution. Some were needed immediately as the shelter overflowed with homeless and were housed at an area church for the weekend. Without the school’s effort to provide these people with the basic needs to survive, there would have been many homeless suffering through the holiday, and for the students, it brings a new meaning to a holiday based upon peace, joy, and goodwill towards man.
May EventsPosted by Jim Rutkowski on 5/8/2013 2:00:00 PM
May 2: Wilson Middle School Financial Aid presentation by Penn State ErieMay 6: Connell Donation to the Regional Cancer CenterMay 7: Lincoln Donation presentation to the Erie County Crime Victims CenterConnell, Roosevelt, and Pfeiffer-Burleigh Scholars attend Environment Erie training at Presque Isle State ParkMay 8 -9: Wilson scholars visit Mercyhurst UniversityMay 10: Lincoln's last Stop-Drop & Mentor eventMay 15: East High Career Day from 8:30 - 11:30 amMay 17: Wilson Scholars to Gannon UniversityMay 22: CFES Appreciation and End of Year Assessment Dinner at CapersConnell CFES recognition dayMay 23: Scholar Summit at Gannon UniversityMay 24: Lincoln Scholars visit Edinboro University
CFES StoriesPosted by Jim Rutkowski on 2/3/2013
Diehl Elementary Math Mentoring GamesOn February 1st, 30 6th grade Diehl CFES Scholars hosted more than 60 4th graders to participate in a number of board games that require the use of math skills to play and complete. These games, created by the mentors, included the use of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division concepts that are part of the math curriculum. Each mentor also had to create the rules of the game and ensure that the younger students answer correctly as they moved their game pieces around the board. More than 25 parents were invited to be the first to try out the game and watch as their child worked with their mentee to complete the game and reinforce the application of math concepts at both grade levels. Three different 4th grade classes participated in the morning event and parents were then invited to stay for a special lunch with their child and share the experiences of the day. Staff and parents commented on the high level of responsibility exhibited by the mentor and the strong relationships that exist between mentor and mentee.Pfeiffer-Burleigh MentoringOn January 17th, the 7th grade CFES mentors visited their first grade mentees to watch a video that depicted the life and messages of Martin Luther King. During the presentation, the video was paused at certain spots so that teachers and Mentors could explain to the younger students the significance of certain events and how it has changed the way we currently live. The 7th grade Scholars, in preparation for this event, have been reading and discussing the teachings of Martin Luther King and how they should address certain issues with their younger mentees. The older students did a fantastic job of relating their knowledge to their mentees and handling the questions that arose. These two classes have been meeting on a regular basis throughout the year and the personal relationships between young and old is very apparent.Lincoln Elementary's Stop - Drop and MentorOnce a month, all students at Lincoln Elementary take a short break from the normal school day to particpate in a school-wide mentoring event. Each month, this event focuses on developing a positive behavioral trait through "book buddies" reading a story together and completing a worksheet or activity that reinforces the lessons revealed in the story. Through these activites, the CFES scholars at Lincoln are improving their reading skills, learning how to communicate with others, and producing a positive culture of respect and teamwork within the school. Past themes included; being positive no matter what confronts you in life, believing that dreams can come true if you work at them, and the theme for February will be centered on being kind to all. The mentoring at this school has reduced bullying and the relationships and friendships between all students is evident as one walks the halls of Lincoln Elementary.Edison's Career DayEdison Elementary, one of Erie's newest CFES schools, hosted a Career Day for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Scholars on January 24th. During the morning hours, each scholar could choose to attend three sessions presented by special guests from the Erie area. These guests represented the following careers; restaurant business, safety technicians, the Erie Zoo, the fire department, nursing, the Bayhawks, beautician, chiropractor, Erie Explosion, College Athletes, and TV media from WSEE/WICU. During each session, scholars heard about a typical day in this profession, the skills required for the job, and the education required to achieve this profession. It was the first time in more than 7 years that Edison hosted such an event and staff and scholars were appreciative of the time and effort taken by their guests to learn first hand about some of the employment opportunities that exist in our town.