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updated 4:02 PM, Jun 10, 2021 America/Chicago

Schools to have students help students

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050621 trinity isd copyCOURTESY PHOTO The Trinity ISD Board of Education recognized employees of the month at the regular board meeting on April 26. Pictured are (from left) Keavin Searcy, board president; Gillian Campbell, director; Matt Curtis, Support Employee of the Month; Marci Loesch, Professional of the Month; Melissa Allbright, Paraprofessional of the Month; and Kelli Robinson, principal of Lansberry Elementary.

By Tony Farkas

TRINITY — Trinity ISD is looking at a new program to allow athletes to become mentors to other students.

Susan Green, counselor for Lansberry Elementary, said that the main objective of the mentor program is to support and improve the well-being of our students by providing a role model that can help support them academically, socially, and emotionally.

“Relationship building is a major theme of the program,” she said. “Students need to be able to make connections with people they can trust and feel comfortable talking to.”

The high school mentors gain experiences with listening and learning, working together for a common goal, flexibility, and leading by example. This year was a piloting program year to make sure the program will be sustainable and that it will benefit students and the community.

“I am looking forward to seeing the program grow and having a great impact on our students,” she said.

In other business, the board:

•approved the district’s BETA teams travel as they advance to national competition in Orlando, Fla. The district will pay for transportation and meals;

•approved updated operating procedures for the board;

•approved hiring Axley & Rode for the district’s annual audit;

•updated policies for facility rental for other functions;

•approved the 2021-22 allotment and TEKS Certification for textbooks and appointed a textbook committee;

•approved the lease/purchase of interactive flat panels for the remainder of the classrooms, and all teachers now have one available;

•approved the Trinity County Appraisal District budget; and

•approved renewals of teacher and counselor contracts.

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