Local school program seeks HOSTS mentors

BIG RED FIRE ENGINE’Students in Brady’s Head Start program learned an important lesson about fire safety Wednesday morning. Randy Rankin, a paid firefighter with the City of Brady, talked with the children about the roles firemen play in the community and the professional assistance they provide. Students were given a close-up view of the latest, up-to-date equipment utilized by the Brady Fire Department and its many volunteers. The local HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) program is actively searching for volunteers to help students at Brady Elementary School benefit from their mentoring program. A highly successful program, HOSTS helps students in grades one through four. The HOST mentors work one-on-one with students to improve their reading skills and to get each one up to grade level. Volunteers usually give 30 minutes a week, and several mentors help on more than one day each week. Any person who can read, follow instructions and enjoys working with children is qualified to be a HOSTS mentor. Mentors meet with the same student each time they visit the school, at a regular time convenient for them. “Students in the HOSTS program have made phenomenal academic gains as well as improved attitudes and class performance,” said a HOSTS mentor. “Many students and mentors develop long-lasting friendships. Former mentors say they get back more than they give. It is a great way to make a difference in our community and invest in our future.” Businesses across the state and country participate in the HOSTS program by giving their employees work-release time or extended time for lunch so they are able to mentor without losing time or money. To enlist as a HOSTS mentor, contact Brady Elementary at 597-2590.

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