State Leaders Recognize Local Businesses for Mentoring in Delaware Wilmington - Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn marked the first year of the state's new business-school mentoring partnership today at Warner Elementary School by honoring the state businesses that have stepped up to provide adult mentors to hundreds of Delaware schoolchildren. Denn was joined by United States Senator Thomas R. Carper, Representatives from Wilmington Mayor James Baker's office, and many of the local businesses who partner with Delaware's schools.
Denn, who mentors a third grade student from Wilmington once a week, said "Everywhere I go, I say the same thing about our schools: what matters the most is what happens in the classroom between our kids and the adults who educate them. Mentors are a critical part of that equation. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the businesses that have lent a hand to the education of our kids by encouraging their employees to spend one hour a week as a mentor."
"Mentoring is one of the most important things I do in my life," said Sen. Carper. "I still mentor every week in Wilmington and think I learn just as much from my mentee as I hope he does from me. Mentoring is something that every person should take the time to do; I promise it will enrich your life - and the life of a child - in ways you never knew."
"Mentoring is one of the most beneficial acts that an adult could ever perform," said Mayor Baker. "Imparting consistent guidance and knowledge to a child by an adult for whom the child has great admiration and respect establishes a bond that can last a lifetime. I extend my thanks to everyone for supporting mentoring in Wilmington and all of Delaware."
The businesses that were recognized today, along with the schools where they direct most of their mentors, were:
Bank of America (Howard High School)
Barclay's (East Side Charter School)
Blue Cross Blue Shield (Springer Elementary School)
Christiana Care (Pulaski Elementary School)
Dupont (Ferris School)
HSBC (Pleasantville School)
J.P. Morgan Chase (Bancroft Elementary School)
Richards Layton & Finger (Bancroft Elementary School)
ShopRite (Warner Elementary School)
Skadden Arps (Stubb's Elementary School)
Temple Beth Shalom
Source: Delaware Governor's Office
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