For six years a successful program for peer mentoring pairs older students with fifth graders. It’s increased in popularity, as fully half the fifth graders have signed up to be assigned a peer mentor in seventh or eighth grade. This year, 66 mentors have volunteered to assist younger students.
At Monument Valley Regional Middle School, the success of the program shows that students feel welcome, supported, and safe. The program was started by school adjustment counselor Dom Sacco, who notes that mentors don’t need to have high grades or a list of accomplishments. “It’s not a hand-picked program,” he said. “If you have a good heart, there’s a place for you on this team”
The continued presence of the program is a source of pride for Monument Valley Principal Ben Doren. “We invest and care a lot about how students treat each other, and this goes to show we actually do something about it,” he said