August 17, 2018

"Townie 2 Townie." Townie Teachers & Alumni Create Mentoring Effort

T2T Mentors Help Young Students

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Giving back to the community in which they went to school and now serve is a passion for Townies Crystal Monteiro, Stacey Messier, Christine Alves and Jaren Alves. Crystal Monteiro a former teacher of the year in East Providence, along with other colleagues and Townie alumni have recently completed a mentorship program for young East Providence students. The program called, "Townie 2 Townie" (T2T) provides mentors to all of the city's eight elementary schools.

"Our group served as mentors, role models and friends to our elementary students," said Crystal Monteiro. The group enlisted top students at East Providence High School to mentor their younger peers. "Our mentors must be in good academic standing, a model of outstanding behavior in school, have exceptional attendance and be recommended and approved by a teacher and school administration," said organizer Christine Alves.

"Twice a month high school students visited their mentor for 1 hour, working on academic and social skills. Our mentors received community service hours for their efforts," added Monteiro.

On Thursday May 31,2018, this program had an end of the year celebration at the high school where they participated in a group art activity with art teachers and enjoyed a barbecue lunch prepared by our very own Career & Tech Center Culinary Students.

"We are very proud that high school students and the T2T program gave this effort to help our younger students with their academics and social nurturing," said Monteiro, Alves and Messier. "T2T appreciates the support of High School Principal, Shani Wallace and all of the elementary school principals and building staff. Townie Pride works in many ways."

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