1. An adult is seen running through the school like a teenager.As of Saturday, each of these has happened again. Matches have been made anew, and the 2009-2010 Mentor Program is officially underway. Over 130 participants braved the cold and the rain to meet each other and partake in some tried and true get-to-know-you games. We laughed, we quizzed, we scavenged. And I learned a ton...
2. A teenager finds himself or herself showing off the school like a seasoned tour guide.
3. People leave with a sense of purpose and possibility.
Amy Asheroff once dressed as a wall for Halloween. John Tucker's favorite book is The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Destinee Wilson's role model is Queen Elizabeth. Karen Todd would like to fly, and almost everyone loves popcorn at the movies. Another favorite movie snack? Sour Skittles.
But mentor-mentee shared desire for taste-bud torture is nothing compared to the shared ability to recall this information. And folks didn't simply shine at Quiztal City. They trekked to U Street/Searchozo and crushed the scavenger hunt. Found Arne Duncan. Found Frederick Douglass' house. Found student assignments in student lockers. Left U Street, and went to Windyfront to run around in circles. And every single pair found its way to World Wide Webley Park/National Zoo to exchange e-mails and make plans. Look for some updates on mentor/mentee outings in the near future.
A few of the matches even left with $20 gift cards to use on an outing. And, while cleaning up, I found a few more. We are going to give away a $20 gift card to the first mentor-mentee pair to EACH post a comment on this blog. There will ALSO be a prize for best overall post. Some ideas for posting:
What do YOU remember from the first mentor day?
Where will you guys spend your first outing?
Which activity was your favorite?
What website (include a link!) has been helpful in planning outings?