Program aims to prepare students

MINGO JUNCTION – Associates from Wal-Mart will teach the importance of planning for the future, budgeting and college decisions to 30 Indian Creek eighth-graders through the Mi Futuro program.

John Belt, Indian Creek Middle School principal, briefed school board members on Thursday about the program, which he hopes starts by the beginning of October.

According to a Wal-Mart press release, in 2009, the business started a community initiative called Mi Futuro, a youth mentoring program. Through this program, associates from Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club locations build partnerships with local elementary and junior high schools to mentor students. Mi Futuro was created to improve the future for the next generation, regardless of race, economic status, background or upbringing and reinforces that hard work and education lead to a better future, according to officials.

“The Mi Futuro team will mentor 30 students in one-hour monthly mentoring sessions held at the school,” Belt explained. “All interaction will take place on school grounds under the direct supervision of school staff.”

The program’s mission is to motivate eighth-graders to begin planning for future accomplishments; to engage a wide base of Wal-Mart stores, logistics and Sam’s Club management associates in the corporate mission to create opportunities so people can live better; and to empower students that, regardless of their background, this future is possible through education and hard work.

Each one-hour session will consist of a 15-minute leadership testimonial relating to overcoming challenges and existing profession and 45 minutes of small group exercise focusing on the monthly topic.

“Some of the activities and topics planned include budgeting; interest and skills; educational choices and tradeoffs; college programs and requirements; paying for college; preparing for high school; and a promise letter written by students to themselves,” Belt noted.

In other matters, the board:

Adopted a resolution with Ohio Department of Education Preschool Rules policies and procedures for the eight preschool center-based classrooms in two elementary schools to maintain licensing requirements.

Approved an agreement with Jefferson County CAC Head Start to provide services to preschool children eligible for special education in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Approved entering into an agreement with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to provide school resource officer services through the assignment of David Darago to the school district.

Approved the transfer of the remaining balance of $7,217.18 in the Wayne Elementary Principal’s Fund to the Wintersville Elementary Principal’s Fund due to the closing of Wayne Elementary.

Approved the creation of a new student activity fund known as the ICHS Coding/Gaming Club.

Agreed to the following certified/licensed individuals: Brittany Sperlazza, Wintersville Elementary Character Education adviser; Toni Voltz, Wintersville Elementary Student Senate adviser; and Megan Evans, Fellowship of Christian Athletes adviser.

Agreed that the following individuals will be on the classified substitute list: Tessa Boggs, cafeteria, secretary, classroom aide and custodian; Lori Moller, classroom aide, secretary and cafeteria; and Charles Reed, bus driver.

Approved the following individuals in the before – and after-school care program: Heather Sullivan, Dan Bruno, Karen Lloyd, Jim Mort, Cathy DiBenedetto, Toni Voltz, Jamie Pratt and Michelle Fabbro as teachers; and Rebecca Altieri, Diane Miller and Brenda Hyde as aides.

Approved the following individuals as athletic workers: Ticket sellers/takers: Jean Miller, Theresa Miller, Patty Peckins, Kitty Ferguson, Janet Grimes, Marilyn Roush, Helen Bayne, Kathy Dunlevy, Richie Morelli, Dan Lawrence, Kathy Grimm, Amy McGrath and Mike Wilson; announcer: Don Fithen; clock operators: Mark Mayle, Mike Wilson, Dan Lawrence and Richie Morelli; and chains: Wilson, Lawrence, Morelli, Jim Abrahms, Bruce Dondzila, Chad Dondzila and Rick Schmied.