By Heather Rummelein
It has been said that children are our future. To disagree with that belief means denying the truth that today's children will grow to change the world we live in tomorrow. Children need healthy role models and positive relationships with adults to grow and learn about the society and community that surrounds them. That is exactly what the Miller Mentoring Program strives to provide for students in Winona.
The Miller Mentoring Program, established in 2000, just recently celebrated 10 years of success and growth. The program has expanded froma small 20 matches in the beginning to over 90 matches this year. Although this growth is a great success, the number of volunteers available limits the future growth of the program.
A majority of the volunteers for the program are students at Winona State University studying in various majors. The help and dedication of the WSU students has been beneficial to the program, however, the program staff hopes for more involvement from community members.
When asked what they would say to someone thinking about getting involved in the program, all WSU student volunteers that were interviewed said to just do it. They all talked about how much of an impact the time they give has on students in need an dhow the outcome is well worth it. Volunteers agree that the couple hour commitment to the program is minuscule compared to the tremendous outcome.
For further information regarding how to get involved please contact Cindy Althoff at Cindy.Althoff@winona.k12.mn.us.