WPCSD seeks Bright Horizons partners, mentors

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The West Point Consolidated School District is seeking Bright Horizons partners and mentors for the 2017-2018 school year.

Community Relations Coordinator Julie Hill said Bright Horizons partners are businesses that partner with the entire district or a specific school.

Hill said partners can give monetary donations, sponsor a student and teacher of the month, allow students to tour their businesses, judge reading or science fairs or participate in career fairs.

“There are just some examples of what Bright Horizons partners can do,” she said. “There are so many things that can be done.”

Hill said forms have been mailed to previous partners to reapply for this school year, but new partners are encouraged to sign up.

“The point of partnerships is that it’s an investment in our children and our community,” she said.

Hill said WPCSD is also seeking people in the community who are interested in mentoring students in the district.

Hill said mentoring improved school attendance and self esteem for students.

She said counselors will fill out a referral form if they believe a student with benefit from a mentor, and then the student’s parent will have to provide consent.

Hill said mentors must be at least 25 years old, agree to a one year commitment, spend at least 30 minutes to one hour with a student per week and new mentors must go through a background check.

“We are looking for individuals that have the time, care for the kids and believe in the kids,” she said.

Hill said last year the district had about 15 mentors, but a lot more are needed.

To become a mentor or Bright Horizons partner, contact Hill at 494-4242 or julie.hill@westpoint.k12.ms.us.