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Anna ISD's Coyote Call: A Mentoring Program for Students

Coyote Call Mentors and their partners shared their talents bringing Christmas Carols to the Anna downtown area on Friday, Dec. 21.

Coyote Call Mentors and their partners shared their talents bringing Christmas Carols to the Anna downtown area on Friday, Dec. 21.

Photo courtesy Anna ISD

The Anna ISD Coyote Call mentoring program and their partners shared their talents bringing Christmas Carols to the Anna downtown area on Friday, Dec. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. The program wants to thank Texas Star Bank for letting them use their community room to meet and greet before and after the event.

In the spring of 2004, a seed was planted for a new program for students at Anna schools. Coyote Call is a mentor program providing opportunities for students to increase career awareness and personal development. They train new mentors each year following the model of the Big Brother Big Sister program.

Program objectives are:

1. To assist student’s understanding about:

• Themselves

• Healthy life decisions

• Responsible living

• Working cooperatively

• Communicating

• Educational needs

2. To offer opportunities to individuals in the community to make a difference in a student’s life in a positive, supportive way.

3. To hinge together the school and community for a gateway to a better tomorrow.

4. To offer parents of selected students additional support as they guide their adolescents through the high school years.

The goal is to pair each student who wishes to participate with a mentor to encourage and to support the student through his/her Anna school years. Mentors are required to meet with their partners at least once a month until the student graduates.

They also do special projects throughout the year such as Christmas Caroling on Dec. 21 to spread the Spirit of Christmas to the community. They take a field trip each year to either a business or a college to help inspire students to see what is available out in their world. Also, they offer a financial awareness workshop where students learn about credit cards, savings plans, etc.

For more questions about the program, visit annaisd.org or email Debbie Dumas at debbie.dumas@annaisd.org.

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