A program providing unique support for students who need some extra help has demonstrated that peer mentoring helps students who are at risk.
At the Stephen Mack Middle School, students who need a little extra support can be part of an academic program that follow them through the local high school as well.
“It’s not based on academics,” said Beth DeVries, a social worker at Stephen Mack, of the Alternative Classroom Environment (ACE) program at the middle school. “Some kids need extra support, but that support looks different for every student.”
Principal Kindyl Etnyre said that when administrators from schools that feed into Hononegah High school meet, they continue to support students after they leave middle school. An expansion into other middle schools is being considered, but cost is a consideration.
“The district has been wonderful in providing the funding so we can continue these programs,” she added.