Groups tried this week to line up their mentors. About 75% of the kids have mentors and some are still searching for mentors. Teachers on staff at Hixson, community members and even an eighth grade student (who is a mechanical genius) have all agreed to mentor some of the projects. Our Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Riss, is mentoring the "Operation Beautiful Hixson" project as it dovetails perfectly into the Rachael's Challenge program in the district. Having a mentor to offer guidance and direction is crucial for the kids and we are very happy with the groups' mentors so far.
Within the next few weeks, we will have another check-in point that will entail some demonstration of the progress made since the last check-in and also a reflection of how the project is coming together in the long term. This checkpoint will give us a better idea of who is struggling or lacks direction.
On another note, Melissa and I will be showcasing our 20% Time program at EdCampSTL on Saturday, February 8 from 8:00-4:00 at Affton High School. If you plan to be there, please come by and take a look. - Don