Lunch Buddies is a new School-Based Mentoring Program provided by Kinship Partners and is designed to introduce students and adults to the art of mentoring. The object of the program is to improve a child's social skills and self-esteem in order to foster a better attitude for learning: ultimately improving school success.
Lunch Buddies has been impacting schools in Staples, Motley, Pequot Lakes, and Crosby since 2015 and made its debut in Brainerd at Harrison and Riverside Elementary last year. Kinship Partners plans to start a Lunch Buddy program at Garfield Elementary this fall with hopes of expanding to every elementary school in ISD 181 (Brainerd, Baxter, and Nisswa) as well as Pine River-Backus Elementary.
Here is what a few Lunch Buddy kids have to say…
"I like spending time with people who make me feel happy. I love the activities." -Justin
"It makes me feel special."-Greyson
"It is my favorite day of the week!"-Neveah
And what do school administrators think about Lunch Buddies?
Harrison Elementary Principle and 45-year educator Cathy Nault said, "Having a student do something they're interested in one-on-one with an adult is going to have a positive impact, I think that's fabulous,"
Children in our community deserve our best.
Kinship Partners and our Lunch Buddy program are at a critical crossroads. Lunch Buddies has grown faster than we anticipated and we have lost key funding that is jeopardizing launching some or all of our Lunch Buddy programs this fall.
Kinship Partners must raise $30,000 before September 1st to ensure that all current Lunch Buddy programs can start in October.
Can I count on you today to ensure that every child has a Lunch Buddy this year?
You can make an impact!
Now, more than ever, your gift to Kinship Partners will ensure that the power of mentoring continues to reach children who need support and hope.
Just a small donation will go a long way to helping us meet our goals for Kinship Partners Lunch Buddy programs.