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Mentors are needed for 2016-17 school year

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - Lexington County School District Three will hold its annual returning mentor dinner and orientation for new mentors on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:00 P.M., in the District Office Staff Development Room.

Mentoring coordinator, Elizabeth Phillips will share information with concerned individuals about the mentoring program and will provide training materials for those who choose to become a mentor. Please contact Mrs. Phillips at: 803 960-1005 or email her at:, before September 1, 2016, in order to reserve a place for you.

Lexington 3 needs mentors to encourage and inspire its children to do their best. As a mentor, you may choose how much time you want to donate at each weekly visit. We need mentors to be a reading buddy along with math support, because a one-on-one relationship helps our Panther Pals to achieve the scores necessary to move forward academically.

To paraphrase one of Benjamin Franklin quotes; “By failing to prepare a child for the future, we are preparing a child to fail.” The Panther Pal program finished the 2015-16 school year with many successful stories. Both primary and elementary school Panther Pals improved tremendously and are looking forward to the upcoming school year to continue on that path of excellence.

We want to publicly thank our mentors for volunteering and giving their precious time to a child. We closed out the past school year with our mentors and Panther Pals having a pizza supper, with many recognitions and award presentations for their many achievements of excellence for the past school year.

Cards and notes were given to the mentors from their Panther Pals thanking them for a wonderful year.

New and slightly used books which were donated to the Panther Pal program, were given to the children to add to their summer reading. Dr. Gary thanked the mentors and spoke to the children concerning their education and future. Dr. Gary also expressed his appreciation for the mentoring program and the amazing volunteers who return yearly. Devin Stevens was invited to tell his personal story on how he was motivated to focus on his education and how so many people helped him throughout the years.

The Panther Pal program would like to thank Pastor Scott, Patricia Dunn and St. John’s UMC for shopping for the school supplies, sorting and packing them in the provided 30 book bags, which were ready for delivery for our Panther Pals before the first day of school. We also, want to thank Pastor Lisa and Faith Lutheran Evangelical Church for their monetary donation which was used toward the purchase of our book bags. Maya Angelou American Poet, once said: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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