Sometimes all it takes is a little extra attention to help a student succeed. This is the hope of those involved in a new mentoring program in Thomas County.
For an hour on Wednesday evenings, and free of charge, citizens are devoting their time to give children of all ages a helping hand.
Dr. Donnell Carley is a member of the school board and involved in the mentor program, and he said, "Any child, no matter who you are or where you come from, if you're making A’s in school, you can come, if you're making F’s in school you can come. We want to serve."
Chris Everett is a high school student, and says even though he's in school he can still make a difference for a younger generation.
He said, "Help out as little as you can or as much as you can. Everything makes a difference. It really makes me proud to know I'm doing something positive."
The program was started to help students pass the state-mandated CRCT, along with Graduation Assessment tests, and it's already making a difference.
Jermal McCall is 12 years old and a student at Thomas County Central Middle School. He just started the mentoring program and said, "It helps me understand more stuff in school about what I'm learning."
Arthur Smith is a mentor and says he definitely sees a change.
"Sometimes they come with a sad look, then when they leave, you ought to see them, they're just with joy, because they finally understand what they're trying to learn."
Although the program is brand new it already has about 60 students lining up for help. The program is held at the First Missionary Baptist Church and is in need of more mentors.
To find out how you can get involved, call 229-551-9739.