Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis learns about school mentoring

Britt Schaffeld (right), program chair for the Kiwanis Club of Fort Oglethorpe, introduced Buffy Hemphill (center), program coordinator for the Catoosa County Schools Partnership program. She has been in this position for 12 years and spoke about the good that’s being done when businesses, churches and civic clubs are involved with area schools and at-risk students. January was National Mentor Month and Hemphill spoke of the need for mentors, especially men, to share time with a student to encourage them to build good school, behavior and life skills. Every mentor undergoes a background screening and must attend mentor training. Students accepted into the program must have parental permission and be chosen by a counselor or teacher to participate. She recognized the club members who are mentors and thanked the club for its partnership with West Side Elementary. Mentor training is set for February 13. If interested in learning more contact her at bhemphill@catoosa.k12.ga.us. Kiwanis is a global organization whose mission is to “improve the world one child and one community at a time.” The Kiwanis Club of Fort Oglethorpe was chartered in 1954 and is Catoosa County’s oldest service club. The club meets each Friday at noon at Park Place Restaurant. To learn more about Kiwanis contact club president Chris McKeever (left) at 706-861-2860 or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/ftoglethorpekiwanis.