O’Neill students help relocated students to adjust
On Thursday, April 14, the West Point Youth Center welcomed members of O’Neill High School’s Student 2 Student (S2S) Sponsorship Club. The two year old program is made available by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC.)
Its objective is to provide the student who is relocating with the critical edge for a successful transition. The program is facilitated by O’Neill High School Guidance Counselor, Pattie Lofaro, O’Neill High School Social Worker Chuck Giardina and CYSS School Liaison Officer, Jodi Cabrera, however, the students are the ones that run the club.
Kristi Lawless and Matt Browne, both students at O’Neill, co-lead the club and were fortunate to attend MCEC training this past Fall, to learn the impact they can have as sponsors. The students have created a sponsor request form that new or prospective students can complete prior to or upon arrival at the high school. Once completed, the prospective student is matched up with a student ambassador at O’Neill.
Ambassadors have completed their own questionnaire and are matched based on common interests and schedules. Once a match is made, the sponsor is available to answer any questions the new student has, as well as show the student around the school. Most communication is done by email, but at the most recent meeting, the participants discussed adding a Facebook URL to the sponsor request form. Sponsor request forms are available at the O’Neill High School website at hffmcsd.org. For more information about this program, please contact Jodi Cabrera at 938-8899 or Pattie Lofaro at 446-4914.
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