FAMU Helps to Improve Schools on the South Side of Town

Florida A&M University is challenging Tallahasseans by upping the goal for mentors. Last year, FAMU rounded up hundreds of volunteers, but this year they say they want no less than 1,000 trained mentors.

FAMU and Leon County schools in the southside are again coming together, this time with a new and improved goal. During a press conference, President Fred Gainous announced FAMU will raise the bar for mentors. As a mentor himself, he has seen the difference.

“It has given me the opportunity to see students who need a friend, buddy, a coach,” Gainous says.

Leon County school Superintendent Bill Montford says every child in the district should have the same benefits.

“We owe it to those students and parents to step up and lend a helping hand. There's nothing wrong with that,” Montford says.

Last year, FAMU faculty, staff and student worked closely with Wesson Elementary. Principal Pam Hightower says the difference was astounding.

Mentor training begins this week. For more information call 412-7770.

FAMU is also asking football fans to bring classroom materials to the first home game. In honor the First Annual Teacher Appreciation Supply Drive, fans can drop off pens, chalk, binders and folders. The supplies will go to southside schools.