Petway Elementary School has partnered with Cunningham Academy to provide an innovative, cross-age mentoring program called “CHAMPP” – Cunningham Helping and Mentoring Petway Patriots.
Twice a month, students from Cunningham Academy visit Petway to serve as mentors for selected second grade students. The project objective is to increase the engagement, connections, and academics of the mentees and mentors.
“As educators, we are aware that curriculum alone will not fully and completely educate students,” said Jennifer Frederico, principal at Petway. “There must be room to include the social emotional component of learning.”
Cunningham students are put in a position of leadership as they develop responsibility and self-worth, while providing academic and social support for Petway Patriots. The Cunningham students prepare for each meeting by developing a STEAM activity to complete with Petway students. They also provide educational support through shared reading and practice of foundational math skills. The sessions conclude with time to talk and share a healthy snack, allowing for students to build positive, enriching relationships before returning to the rigorous school day.