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Bowdoin Students To Use Winter Break to Mentor Moore Students

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Bowdoin Students To Use Winter Break to Mentor Moore Students
Posted on 01/14/2016
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Instead of relaxing on a tropical beach, 10 Bowdoin College education students will spend their winter break at Lyman Moore Middle School Jan. 19-22. During their “Alternative Winter Break,” they’ll mentor the younger students and give them a sense of what it’s like to be a college student. They’ll also assist teachers in the classroom.

Lyman Moore Principal Steve Rogers said, “Our students benefit by interacting with college students, hopefully building higher aspirations to attend college themselves.” They also get added academic and social support from the older students, he said. And, Rogers added, “our teachers benefit by having extra sets of hands to assist in the classroom.”

He said the school has had a partnership for about five years with Bowdoin’s Education Department. “It stemmed from a visit five years ago by a professor with some students,” Rogers said. “On the visit, they learned about the school's diversity and focus on integration of all students.”

Sue Doyon, Lyman Moore’s community coordinator, said this year marks the first time the school has worked with the Alternative Winter Break group.

“The Bowdoin students are typically very diverse themselves and that is wonderful for all our students,” Doyon said.

She said Bowdoin students will be at the school from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 22.