HealthCare Connects with
North Glen Elementary
Mentor Temekia Butler with
Patti Brown, JHHC president
and mentor to North Glen 3rd-graders
Jackqueline Meadows reads
to her mentees
Hopkins Hospital is not alone in its commitment to mentoring
students in local schools. At the Anne Arundel County headquarters
of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, more than 20 employees are
serving as mentors to 46 3rd grade students at North Glen
Elementary, a Title One school with many students from economically
Regina Passwaters is a teacher in one of the two North Glen
classes that mentors visit every two weeks. "Every
Tuesday morning, the first thing my students want to know
is, is this the day the mentors are coming?" she says.
"They've established a real personal connection with
their mentors, and another good role model is just what
some of them
On a recent Tuesday, the students gathered in small groups-two
or three to a mentor-in the school's bright, spacious gym.
In each group, students and mentors took turns reading aloud
from an oversize paperback titled Brother Eagle, Sister
Sky. The book, like this year's social studies curriculum
at North Glen, is devoted to Native American culture. Crafts
and a lively discussion followed. Students were asked to
tell about an important lesson taught to them by a family
member. Hands shot up. The first girl called upon had this
to share: "Never run with scissors in your hand."
The mentoring program is part of a larger "community
partnership" established last year between JH HealthCare
and North Glen. Hopkins employees conduct guest readings
in all classrooms at the school, help plan and support the
school's annual fair, and organize a holiday gift-giving
program delivering Christmas stockings and presents to more
than 250 North Glen students.
"We're really just getting started, but already it's
been so much fun," says Maura Walden, director of training
and performance improvement for JH HealthCare and part of
the three-member team that coordinates the program.
"There have been so many opportunities to really connect
with these great kids. Each year we will focus our programs
on the changing needs of the children. We anticipate being
there for years to come."