Marion Elementary School fifth graders wrapped up a successful mentoring program that connects positive male role models to young boys.

Call Me Mister started in January 2018 by School Resource Office Sgt. Mike Hensley and Response to Intervention Tutor Shannon Ward. A celebration luncheon was held on May 22 at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, where students got to show their appreciation to their role models.

“I think all the boys in the younger grades should do it because it is a great experience and you get to meet new men and you get to create a great new friendship,” one student said.

During the luncheon, students gave their mentors a gift bag with thank-you letters and a Call Me Mister T-shirt.

The current group of students and mentors are the first to be a part of the program. Mentors and students have been meeting once a month since January 2018. Each mentor visited the same three students during this time. Activities included discussing the importance of education, learning to tie a tie, goal setting and steps to achieve to meet their goals, playing basketball and corn hole, a presentation from Marion Police Department’s K-9 unit, and just time to talk about life. The goal is for the students to build positive role model relationships with community and business leaders within McDowell County.

Mentors included Mike King, D.J. Barrier, Rick Gutierrez, Rusty Jenkins, Larry Hill, Steven Arrowood, Kyle Brown, Randall Conley, Alan-Michael Sprinkle, Terry Frank and Greg Hughes.

Students who participated:

Gabriel Benites Toruno

Haiven Conley

Marvin Delgado

Weston Gurley

Xavier Lovik

Tagan McCurry

AJ Mainer

Hayden Shelton

Landon Toney

Daniel Valadez-Galindo

Leland Vasquez

Carter Webb

Betzaeel Benites Melende,

Arturo Garcia

Canaan Holloway

Samuel Lopez-Chavez

Mason Ratliff

Orlando Wacaster

Kacen Beers

Dade Biggs

Gavin Crough

Cole Dale

Caiden Nieves

Hunter Norton

Cayden Ramsey

Sebastian Trujillo Bermudez

Garrison Dietrich

Jovanny Sierra

Reid Waugh

Evan Gilmer

Jerrick Yang

Morgan Harris

Dominic Ortega

Ashton McPeters

Daylan Parrow

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