February 12– Twenty-five area ciitizens are volunteering to help “at-risk” young people in Vidalia and Toombs County schools. Paige Williamson, Director of Toombs Family Connection, says the mentors will target students in the fifth through 12th grades. Jerry Tuttle, a former school principal and mentor program manager, has agreed to coordinate the program again.
Attending the program’s orientation and training session are (front row, L-R) Toombs County High School Counselor Karen Braddy, Lauren Jordan, Jenny Manning, Lyons Primary Counselor Marie Collins, Donna Strickland, Meghan Toole, Angie McDaniel, Tara Jordan, Sara Chapman, Kailey Dees, Nancy Ricketts and LaGail Wright.
(Back row L-R) Toombs Middle School Counselor Michael Creamer, Calvin Wilcox, Kevin Britton, Curt Tootle, Chester Proctor, Paige Williamson, Jeff Raiford, Melissa Williamson, Jackson Sharpe, Jared Sharpe and Jerry Tuttle.
Expenses for background checks on each mentor are being paid by a group of mentor sponsors including Altamaha Bank and Trust, Altamaha EMC, Ameris Bank, City Drugs, Darren McClellan, Handy Andy Home Warehouse, Lisa and Tim Truxel, Peoples Bank and Vidalia Federal Savings Bank.
– Southeast GA Today