One year from the launch of the Gilbert School and Gardiner Boys and Girls Club Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine has launched two new school-based mentoring programs. New programs this year include Farrington School, in Augusta, and Margaret Chase Smith School, in Skowhegan. In addition, a fifth program at Bloomfield Elementary School is scheduled to start at the beginning of April, according to a BBBS press release.

Each program matches elementary school students as Littles with high school students as Bigs. The Bigs attend Gardiner, Cony and Skowhegan high schools. All together these programs are touching the lives of 80 youth.

Matches are supervised by adult volunteers, known as school-based coordinators. During their time together each week, Bigs and Littles participate in a variety of activities such as board games, arts and crafts, reading, puzzles and more. Throughout the summer they build upon their friendships through the Summer Pen Pal Program. There are still opportunities to volunteer as a coordinator for just one hour a week at both the Gilbert and Farrington School Programs.

For more information, call 236-BBBS or email

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