I’m writing to commend the work done by the Buddy Program. My daughter was 6 when first introduced to her big buddy through their in-school program in 2008; shortly after her dad was diagnosed with cancer. Having another adult in her life became so beneficial since her parents were honestly quite preoccupied with symptoms, doctors, treatments, etc. Their friendship developed in such a way that eventually their “buddyhood” brought them out after school and on weekends.
Five years later my daughter Elise and her buddy Erica continue to see each other with varied frequency depending on their busy schedules. They do a variety of things, from bike rides to skiing, to craft projects and Christmas shopping. One more audience member at Elise’s dance recitals is always welcomed since most of our relatives live out of state.
Erica has been a wonderful influence and role model. She’s fun, hip and clean-cut — not attributes readily found in our media culture. We’ve come to think of Erica as family and hope that she’ll remain an important part of our lives for many years.
January is National Mentoring Month. What better time to resolve to make a beneficial impact on the life of a child in our community than today? Call the Buddy Program at 970 920-2130 to learn how you can join the mentoring movement.