Church On The Rock in Saint Peters recently donated 175 new book bags to students at Northview Elementary School in the Jennings School District. The giveaway was facilitated by Special Friends Extended, a mentoring program that works in the Jennings and Riverview Gardens school districts.
Special Friends Extended brings in professionals and community leaders to interact with young people. The goal is to help students become productive academically, assist in the development of life skills, teach students to build self-esteem and encourage students to have hope for their future.
“We believe all students should be dedicated to excellence, reflect trustworthiness and demonstrate respect towards peers and adults,” said Holly Parran Cousins, director and founder of the mentoring program.
“Students should be bully-free and maintain self-discipline. Students need to demonstrate a caring attitude about their environment and have a strong work ethic in school. These traits and others, reinforced by presentations from mentors, will help prepare students for a bright future.”