Keys Community Takes Stock in Children
Photos by Josie Koler
Take Stock in Children has been up and down Highway One this past week, matching up promising students with professional, adult mentors. The Weekly Newspapers caught up with them just before the bell rang at Horace O’Bryant Middle School. 18 students met their new mentor and signed a contract to stay in school, keep their grades up, stay out of trouble in the classroom, and say “no” to drugs and crime.
The reward: a college scholarship.
John Padgett, Former Monroe County School Superintendent, told the students he estimates the contract to be worth one million dollars.
“Studies have been done that show students who go on to college will earn approximately one million dollars more than there counterparts who didn’t,” he shared the statistics with a room full of eager scholars and their parents.
Amongst the mentees at Horace O’Bryant are aspiring doctors, nurses, and veterinarians.
Max & Mongo
Monroe County School Board Chairman Andy Griffiths looks on as mentee, Maximilian Mealor signs his contract. Behind him are his mentor, businessman Mike Mongo, his mother Alisa Mealor, board member Steve Pribramsky and sitting at the table on Max’s right John Padgett. Max’s reaction to his mentor, “He’s pretty cool.” His Dad, Terry, was also on hand.
The 18 mentees at Horace O’Bryant Middle School in sound academic standing with new sights on college. In the front row from left to right are Inmyah Greer, Nelson Morales, Kaly Mobley, Cherline Riche, Cadette Deneville, Jordan Guieb, and Kirsten Sanchez. In the back from left to right Michelle Chavez, Sugeidy Regis, Melanie Alvarez, Maximilian Mealor, Michael Stern, Jake Johnson, Erika Pena, Araley Castellanos-Cruz, Mercedes Cosby, and Chynna Eckard.