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Teen Mentor Dedication Helps At-risk Students
Teen Trendsetters is a program aimed at getting more high school students involved
in mentoring while at the same time helping under-performing elementary school
readers. Christopher Wootson, a Stanton High School student, is a Teen Trendsetter
and a former student of Oak Hill Elementary School in Jacksonville. Chris chose
to give back to his former elementary school by recruiting seven of his schoolmates
and instructing them on how to become a reading mentor. In November 2003, the
eight high school students he recruited took on the challenge of becoming reading
mentors to third grade students at Oak Hill Elementary.
Han Le, Nan Shin, Cathy Needham, Caitlin Weather, Theresa Turner, Allison Dominguez,
Amorette Hanna and Christopher Wootson worked one-on-one with eight Oak Hill
Elementary third graders for one hour every Monday to reinforce their reading
The third graders were identified because of their low Lexile scores (Lexile
framework is a tool for looking at a reader's achievement in relation
to the difficulty of specific texts.) and low reading grades on the first nine-week
report card. Each of the students identified were in danger of scoring a Level
1 on FCAT Reading and being automatically retained in third grade.
Dedication to the program was required of all involved, mentors, students and
parents. Of the eight Oak Hill students who were identified and committed to
the program, seven of them scored a Level 2 or higher on the FCAT Reading.
Oak Hill Elementary is looking forward to working with the Teen Trendsetters
in the future because they have made a positive impact with at-risk third grade