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AVID Mentor Program — My name is Leslie Aguilar and I am the Site Coordinator for the AVID College Readiness System at Muriel Williams Battle High School. I am also very lucky to teach the 4th AVID Senior Seminar Class, and we know what that means: college applications, scholarship applications, stress, and turning dreams into reality! For many of these first-generation college bound Scholars, the support they have received through AVID and Battle High School is a game changer. Witnessing their growth over the years and then seeing them head off to college is emotional – for us as teachers as much as it is for them!

We have found, however, that when our students encounter the “summer melt” before heading off to college in the fall, it’s often because of financial reasons. They are prepared in nearly every way possible, except financially. Luckily, as part of our curriculum, we work hard to seek out scholarships and then support them to tell their stories in a way that will knock the socks off the committees reading their essays. Two years ago, we were fortunate to pilot a mentorship program with six of our AVID Senior Scholars and mentors from another organization. Their goal was to write, revise, and edit solid and compelling essays for scholarships. These mentors and Scholars knocked it out of the park.

We are reaching out to community members, particularly educators and writers, to come and share their expertise with our students. We would like to continue a mentorship program to help them polish and perfect their essays before hitting the ‘submit’ button. There are 30 Senior Scholars and while it would be amazing to have one mentor per scholar, I would be equally happy if we were able to find 15 mentors who could work with two Scholars each. I’m reaching out to invite members of the community who can help Scholars to revise and edit essays to submit for college applications and scholarships.

Please consider accepting our invitation to be a part of the team helping the Class of 2019 as they plan their futures and begin their college careers. Attached is a document with the objectives, expectations, and a proposed schedule to give an anticipated amount of time it would require on behalf of the mentors.

We would love for you to consider being a part of our AVID Senior Seminar Scholarship Mentor Program for the 2018-2019 School Year. Please email me if you are interested or if you have questions. We are excited to start this journey and we hope you will be a part of it! You can get more information by looking this flyer.

Always Dreaming Big. (Posted 07/28/18).

Send books to Bagram Airfield — The USO at Bagram hosts a program called United Through Reading (UTR). This program allows service members to video themselves reading a book to their child. The USO then mails the recording and the book to the service member's home so their child can see AND hear their parent read a story to them while following along with the book in hand. To donate new books that they can have on hand in their UTR library for this service, follow these steps:

Supplies needed for PET Project — The Mobility Worldwide ministry is in constant need of supplies to pack in with the mobility vehicles, known as a PET, for shipment all over the world. These carts have been built in Columbia since 1995. To fill up a shipping container, volunteers include many other items. You can either take items to the PET facility at 1908 Heriford, or bring them to the April BRTA meeting. Here's what's needed:

Medicare Boot Camps — The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging will be offering Medicare informational sessions from 1:30—3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month through September. The presenter will be Kay Barbee, who is a Medicare Outreach Consultant and a Certified State Healthcare Program counselor. These are great sessions to learn more about the complexities of Medicare and to ask individual questions. Reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, see the flyer. (Posted 02/01/18).