Lunch program is double the fun

September 25, 2012 by  

Grand Rapids elementary schools are looking for mentors to join the Lunch Buddy program.

Murphy Elementary school wants to pair up 74 second-grand students with a buddy and Bigfork School has 18 kids eager to spend their lunch hour with a special friend.

Lunch Buddies are adults who come to the school once or twice a month to eat lunch together with a student, perhaps do some reading or a bit of homework, and enjoy some conversation. The time commitment is 45 minutes over the school lunch hour and is a valuable mentoring program for students who need and enjoy some extra adult attention.

Lunch Buddies can be anyone, be they post-secondary students, businesspeople, stay-at-home parents, or seniors. Each buddy acts as an adult mentor that is not an authority figure in the same way as teachers and parents. Perhaps local printing companies will be called upon for brochure printing, with details of the program, as a great way for students to take the message home to neighbors or extended family and to advertise the program to the surrounding community.

This valuable program is facilitated by Bridges Kinship Mentoring in Grand Rapids. Many Lunch Buddies are returning to the program for the 2012-13 school year but more are welcome. The program will begin in the middle of October and continues through until May. The time commitment is just twice a month on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Murphy Elementary or every second Tuesday at Bigfork. Like teachers, substitutes are always needed for vacation relief, illness, and other conflicts.

Complete information on the program can be found on the Bridges Kinship Mentoring website.