Clinton County Mentoring Program

The most at-risk students at Clinton County Middle School are receiving extra help through a mentoring program.

Organizers say school records and survey data shows a high number of students with discipline problems, suspensions, and low academic achievement.

In order to help the students the school received a federal grant to provide a mentoring program.

Brenda Guffey and Bobby Dicken are two of the participants. They meet once a week through the Clinton County Mentoring Program.

Each of them says the other is like family.

For Brenda, Bobby fills the place of her two sons who both died in their 20s.

Brenda says: "It's kind of empty in my life, so Bobby, the guy I mentor to, has filled my life with happiness."

Brenda also fills a void in Bobby's life.

He says: "Two years ago I lost my grandpa and cousin in a car accident, so she's filled in for them."

Relationships like this are the goal of the mentoring program.

Organizers pair kids and adults with similar interests.

Kathy Conner says: "This program was created to give them a boost to their academic potential and also to increase attendance."

The kids and their mentors go on field trips, play games, and work on homework.

Organizers hope this program helps their students realize their full potential.

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