In April, Coach Pete had the opportunity to meet with Chris Nardi, Vice President and Wealth Advisor at BB&T, and share his children’s books with him and his organization. Both Pete and Chris met with Beth Hastings-Hoover, principal of Ballast Point Elementary, to pilot a mentoring program for students in grades K-2. The Peter J. Mulry Foundation believes mentoring and connecting with students early in their educational career will help them be more successful in school and life. The school year was coming to end rather quickly and to pilot this program, the team had to have a focus to begin the process. There were 14 BB&T mentors that worked one-on-one with 30 students over a two-week period. During their time together, students had the opportunity to read “Threads and Friends – Teamwork” and discuss what it means to be a team. During the last week of school, the mentors and mentees had a chance to all come together and talk about what they learned over the last couple of weeks and the students were able to share what teamwork means. Some of the comments the students said were, “teamwork is about working together”, “treat others the way you want to be treated”, “it is not about winning, it is about having fun”, and “there is no I in team”.
This program will continue in the fall at Ballast Point, the mentors will continue to work with the current students and as mentors are added, additional students will be invited to join this program. The plan for the foundation and BB&T is to take this program to other schools in Hillsborough County.
During the 2019-2020 school year, Ballast Point will be looking for additional ways to incorporate the life skills focused on the “Thread and Friends” book series. The skills that are taught through these books help children become more successful in school, sports and life.
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