Helping kids grow |

Helping kids grow

Positive memories come up for most of us older adults when we think of our childhood. It was a happy and carefree time in our life. We grew up in a home where dad took care of the “world outside” and were mom provided us with nutrition for body and soul. The home was our retreat and we felt secure in it.

Many children of today are growing up without receiving sufficient love and affirmation from their homes. They grow up feeling lonely or even rejected. How can they become self-confident men and women? Often a father decides he cannot or does not want to live up to the responsibilities of being a dad and women are often overwhelmed with the task to keep up with the demands of being a single parent. Some give up trying.

As a retired engineer, I felt moved about a year ago to participate in the mentor program at the Lyman Gilmore Middle School. Each mentor is matched with a child that wants to participate in the program. The purpose is not to help with academics, but to establish a friendship relationship by doing games or fun projects and talking about anything that comes up.

Seeing the unique potential in a young person and experiencing over time the positive response to acknowledgements of him or her is a very rewarding experience. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to do something for the future of our kids and can find the time to do it.

It takes typically one hour per week during school sessions.

The next mentor training will be on March 26 from 5:30-9 pm at Lyman Gilmore, Interested persons should contact Lucy Clark at 432-7333.

Dieter Fischer

Grass Valley

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