GO! Mentor Program Article

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Margaret Tidmore

As our mentor program prepares for the new school year Get Acquainted Luncheon for mentors, students, and parents this month, we express our thanks to the 80 mentors and 68 business partners who helped to make 2017-2018 a banner school year for the program, graduating the school’s largest class to date.

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Tammy Hughley

We’re also thankful for the two school staff members who work every day in the mentor program, Margaret Tidmore, who founded the program, and Tammy Hughley, her assistant. Thank you, too, to the other school staff members who help when they are able, and to all the community volunteers who give of their time and talents to help make the program a success.

A recent article published in GO! Magazine tells the story of the mentor program’s beginnings and appears below. To see the article and magazine online, click here.

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Impacting One Life For Good

MentorMenteeFor one student at New Horizons Learning Center, you might be the difference between angry frustration or rising self-esteem, loneliness or friendship, hopelessness or encouragement, dropping out or graduating. You can be the critical difference in whether a child becomes a burden to society or a successful contributor. You can plant seeds of hope, friendship, acceptance and wisdom. You can impact a young person’s life for good … by becoming a mentor.

With the new school year under way, we are now accepting mentor applications at New Horizons Learning Center. Feel free to explore our site to learn how you can give just a little of your time to help change the course of one child’s life.

One of our Business Partners, St. Joe Community Foundation, recently donated two runs of a full-page ad in the Panama City News Herald about our program, for which we are deeply grateful. It tells some of our students’ and mentors’ stories, and we hope it will be an inspiration to you.

St Joe full page NHLC ad August 2018 online

Year-End Activities & Graduation

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Smiles and laughter recently filled the halls of New Horizons Learning Center during 2018 year-end and graduation activities.

On May 4th, several students were treated to quite an incentive award donated by Capt. Ken Anderson — a full-day charter fishing trip.

On May 22nd and 23rd, award ceremonies were held for the middle school and high school students, during which each student received award certificates. Parents and mentors attended and cheered them on.

The NHLC Mentor Program hosted the annual Senior Luncheon on May 29th at O’Charley’s Restaurant on 23rd Street, which is a generous business partner of the mentor program. Graduating students attended with their parents and mentors, along with school staff and School Superintendent Bill Husfelt. Neysa Wilkins, WJHG Anchor, delighted everyone in song. Her performance included honoring mentors and parents with “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Each graduating senior received a certificate and gift bag, sponsored by the mentor program.

Later that day, seniors, school staff, families and mentors gathered at the Mosely High School Fine and Performing Arts Center for graduation. School principal Wes Smith announced this as the largest graduating class in the school’s history, with twenty-six graduates. Accompanying Mr. Smith on stage were: James Harmon, the school’s Dean of Discipline; Superintendent Bill Husfelt; Exceptional Student Education Director Pat Martin; and County Commissioners Joe Wayne Walker, who is a mentor, and Jerry Register, a business partner.

Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year awards were bestowed upon Andrea Mucelli and Beverly George, respectively.

One of the ceremony highlights was the Senior Address given by graduate Megan Adamson, who thanked those who helped her and encouraged fellow graduates to follow their dreams.

 

Annual Appreciation Luncheon

Tears flowed and hearts were lifted at the New Horizons Learning Center (NHLC) Mentor Program’sĀ annual appreciation luncheon for mentors and business partners at Bonefish Grill on April 27, 2018.

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Brian Baber, business partner and mentor, serves as Master of Ceremonies

Guest vocalist Bob Fowler, Principal Tuba with Panama City POPS Orchestra, performed inspiring songs for the mentors, business partners, graduating students, county and school officials, first responders and school staff attending.

Powerful testimonies by some of the graduating students and their mentors stirred hearts in the filled restaurant. Mentors shared how proud they were of their students for overcoming many obstacles. Students praised their mentors for being there when they needed them.

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Mentor with graduating senior mentee

“If I wasn’t moving away,” said business partner Cary Deasaro, “I would have signed up today to be a mentor. These students and mentors need to tell their stories more. That’s how you’ll get more mentors.”

Many business partners in attendance would agree with Deasaro, as they are also mentors to NHLC students.

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Military mentors honored

Bonefish Grill has been host to the annual luncheon for several years, donating a good portion of the cost as business partners of the mentor program.

Many thanks to our mentors, business partners, and county and school officials for their faithful support!