Letter to the Editor

Resolve to Mentor

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dear Editor,

With the New Year comes resolutions.

Most frequently, the resolutions' focus is on ourselves. We pledge to lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, read more, attend church more regularly or other such goals.

Americans have the best track record in the history of the world of helping others. A suggestion would be combine your New Years' resolution with the history of helping to make a resolution to help another rather than just focus on ourselves.

A good resolution would be to reach out and help a child.

The McCook Chapter of Tom Osborne's TeamMate Mentoring would be a place to start. Currently, we have slightly more than 30 matches of mentors and mentees, grades four through nine, in McCook Public Schools.

Also, we have a waiting list of children wanting and needing mentors. Resolve to help a child. Volunteer to be a mentor by contacting Lynse Schmidt, TeamMates director, at (308) 345-5681.

If you cannot donate your time, a financial contribution would also be welcome.

January is National Mentoring month, so this is the perfect time to volunteer. So goes the adage, "Nobody stands as tall as when they stoop to help a child."

Happy New Year!

Dennis Berry,


McCook TeamMates

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