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Bolingbrook schools implement new parent-mentor program

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 10:38 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – John R. Tibbott and Wood View Elementary Schools have launched a Parent Mentor Program in cooperation with the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP).

Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, the SSIP Parent Mentor Program Initiative’s goal is to recruit and train parents to assist teachers in the classroom for two hours a day. Parent mentors are assigned to a classroom (not their own child’s) where they work with children one-on-one and in small groups.

The eight parent volunteers at each school will be led by Tibbott coordinator Julieta Chavez and Wood View coordinator Isabel Diaz.

Volunteers attend a week of training before they are placed with teachers. They work in the classroom for two hours a day Monday through Thursday and participate in ongoing leadership and self-development training on Friday mornings.

Parent mentors will provide extra eyes, ears and hands in the classroom. They also can give extra attention to students who need it, particularly English Language Learners, many of whom need extra support in grades K-3 because they are learning literacy in two languages.

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