The Be The One mentoring program came to the Ferndale School District during the 2018-2019 school year. It is a program sponsored by Partners for Schools, a non-profit organization founded in Lynden in 2010 to facilitate strong partnerships between communities and schools.
The Be The One program matches one committed adult mentor with one Ferndale High School student for an hour a week. Adult mentors are invited and supported in walking beside their student mentees in an affirming relationship.
This fall, the Ferndale School District received a $1,000 grant from Enterprise Holdings Foundation to support our Be The One program, which is currently in its first full academic year of operation at FHS.
The grant was awarded in October, and the check was presented to Be The One Community Mentor Coordinator Annie Anderson and Ferndale Be The One Community Engagement Coordinator Anita Locker during a small ceremony held at Ferndale High School in November.
Funding for the Be The One program in Ferndale comes from donations made to Partners for Schools. The funds that are raised cover the costs of a Mentor Coordinator position at Ferndale High School, t-shirts, software, supplies, and an annual event. Local financial supporters of the program include individuals, businesses, and corporations. The grant from Enterprise Holdings Foundation will have an immediate positive impact on the Ferndale program.
“It has been so encouraging to see the impact of Be The One on our students in Ferndale,
and we look forward to continuing to grow the program so we can include even more young people,”
said Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn.
“I want to extend our deepest gratitude to the Enterprise Holdings Foundation for this donation. We are thankful for the support.”
Be The One is currently serving the Ferndale, Lynden and Nooksack communities. For more information, including a list of ways to get involved, visit http://www.ferndalesd.org/be-the-one and www.betheonetoday.org for more information.
Nancy provides the critical backbone of labor, coordination and communication for Partners for Schools. She understands the heart beat and passion of our school leaders and teachers. “After raising our 4 kids, I know it just does not stop there. It really takes many individuals and a community to support kids, families and schools, and I love connecting the critical dots. Every child can benefit from a caring adult mentor”