Celebrating mentoring month

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CHAMPAIGN — It’s National Mentoring Month and on Thursday, more than 100 mentors were celebrated at a lunch event. The mentors work one on one with students in the Champaign and Urbana school districts.
 
We caught up with a pair at Centennial High School. Charles Schultz and Gavin Goddard were matched when Gavin was was in fourth grade. They started meeting once a week during the school year. Now Gavin’s a senior. He says the best part when he started was getting out of class and playing games. Their connection has grown since then.
 
“I rarely talk about school to anyone else, but to him, I can talk about classes and my education,” said Gavin.
 
“It’s not like I’m coming to share my wealth of wisdom with this guy,” said Charles. “I’m getting so much out of it. It’s fun for me. I’m learning about his teachers, his friends. It’s a way for me to feel like I’m part of the community.”
 
Charles says Gavin is a lot taller and more mature than he was when they met. He says it’s a great program and encourages people to get involved. To find out how you can, click here.

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