Unit 5 Junior High School starts the year with a promise

By WEEK Reporter

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

NORMAL, IL. -- Kingsley school in Normal has launched a new project aimed at academic excellence.

It's called the 'Promise Council'.

Tuesday, students were paired up with caring adults for tutoring and mentoring services.

Organizers say the goal is to bridge the achievement gap, one student at a time.

"It brings community members in to do things I might not have time to do. If we have a student who has physical needs that needs a new pair of shoes or school supplies, we just put out a plea and they will provide that. If we want to get parents in the building and need extra volunteers, we put out a plea and there are community members that come in and provide that," Lynette Mehall, Kingsley Principal.

Meta Mickens-Baker is a Unit 5 Board Member, she says the program helps students to feel comfortable at their schools.

"Junior high students often are a place where students feel like I'm not quite sure I've got the same support I had at elementary school. It's a bigger school than some of them have known before, so coming into Kingsley and having it available to them here just helps more children decide I can be as successful and I have the people to help that happen."

This is the first year for the Promise Council of Caring Adults at Kingsley Junior High school.

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