Mallory Lawrence of Hancock’s Neighborhood Market and George Radford of Genesis Express and GFB collaborated to create this program starting in June. Lawrence said the get together was a great way for the parents of the students in the program to meet their mentors.
“We decided that we would come up with a mentoring program for kids who are middle school age,” Lawrence said. “I feel like everything that’s happened, has happened because of a higher power. I believe God has His hand in this.”
People from the school system, Judge Jamus Redd some officers from the Cadiz Police Department and others also talked with them about what can be done to help the middle school students, said Lawrence.
“A lot of people said, ‘You’ll never find mentors for theses kids,’” Lawrence said. “Then when Alisa Coleman, the president of the Rotary Club, called me and asked me if I would be over their service project for the Rotary Club next year, and immediately I thought to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, this is the perfect service project for Rotary.’”
Currently, there are nine students in the program, chosen by Trigg County Middle School Principal Kristi Miller, and there are nine mentors, said Lawrence. For those nine students, nine mentors have been provided: Jason Strickland, Bro. Kevin Roberts, Monique Roberts of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Jim Wallace, Judge Jamus Redd, Shelley Crawford and Genesis Express members Bobby Acree, John Ladd and Fred Wilson.
“Power for Life allows us to reach out to this generation of kids and set forth the type of leadership that results in providing the kind educational enhancement these kids are looking for,” Acree said in a letter. “They need encouragement, someone that cares and is able to instill pride and confidence to their lives.”
The mentors will meet with their students one hour per week, and then one Saturday per month the group will get to have a special activity, be it Christmas shopping, a trip to a horse farm, a trip to the Frist in Nashville, Tenn., or an etiquette class, Lawrence said.
Some of those trips will be possible because of a $472.50 grant that they applied for from Rotary International, which Lawrence said she was excited about. That grant was approved recently, said Sandra Myers of the Cadiz Rotary Club.
Rotary International likes it when local Rotary chapters partner with other organizations on local programs, so they have partnered with Genesis Express and RSVP, said Lawrence.