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Story last updated at 6:13 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

High school 'Bigs' share rewards of mentoring


Photo by Michael Armstrong

News Rachel Lord, a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, talks about the importance of mentoring at the Homer City Council on Monday night. Mayor James Hornaday proclaimed January National Mentoring Month.

January is National Mentoring Month and throughout the month the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Homer is reminding residents that just a few hours in a child's life can make a big difference — for the adults who mentor as well as the children they spend time with. Following are comments from high school students who are "Bigs" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

From Marie Schmidt:

I have a lot of fun being a Big for Big Brothers Big Sisters. It is very rewarding to go play games and spend time with my Little. It has been a great experience

From Lewis Koplin:

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a great contribution to the Homer Community. The "Helping Hands"of Bigs create a comfortable sense of well being toward the Littles. The importance of friendship truly shines in the BBBS relationships. Being a Big Brother is an honor

And a great social bonding activity between Bigs and Littles.

From Maddie Bowen:

I recently became a Big Sister in the school based program of Big Brothers Big Sisters. I love it.

It's incredibly rewarding! This program is so important in our community and I'm so glad I can be a part of it. It gives children a better sense of self-worth, more confidence and someone to talk to. It's a fantastic opportunity for both Bigs and Littles and I recommend participation to everyone. It's very rewarding.