Volunteers sought to help in “Big” way

Big Brothers Big Sisters is reaching out for volunteers interested in becoming mentors to Wapakoneta Middle School students in its newest program “Lunch Club.”

Volunteers will meet with a sixth- or seventh-grade student twice a month for a half hour during their lunch period, starting mid-September and running throughout the school year.

The program is designed to be a simple,  not time-consuming way for students to gain a friend and role model, Nancy Eberle, Big Brother Big Sister site-based coordinator, said.

“Middle school is a tough age for kids,” Eberle said. “It’s not a huge commitment. We think with having something consistent in these kids lives will help them and help middle school be a successful time.”

The program began with first and second graders in Celina last year, and, after showing interest in coming to Wapakoneta, Big Brothers Big Sisters was guided to the middle school.

“It was very much a success,” Eberle said about the Celina program. “The teachers would say the kids, the minute they would see their Big out in the hallway, they’d get a big smile on their face.”

For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.