Joe and Mitch

Began March 2021 – 12th grade  Joe was a junior and school was in year two of pandemic crisis. Joe’s girlfriend had a BTO mentor, and she encouraged him to get one, too. In the Spring of 2021 Joe began meeting with Mitch. They went through times of virtual meetings and occasionally being together at school. … Read more

Manny and Mitch 

Began March 2022 – 9th grade  Manny is a 9th grader from a family with three brothers. His two older brothers are twins who had a mentor when they attended NVHS. He is a high-energy kid who enjoys friends and being active.   Manny was the first new HS match after mentors were allowed back on campus. Each … Read more

Lynden High School – May 2022 – Coordinator Report

Wrapping it up: This past month has been a whirlwind of activity with preparing to close out mentoringrelationships for the year. We received our new BTO merchandise, so everyone enjoyed receiving andwearing it to school. We had end of the year interviews with Partners for Schools representatives. I’vebeen enjoying listening to them; it’s both amazing … Read more

Ferndale High School – May 2022 – Coordinator Report

Total Matched Pairs: 31 matches Program Development·         Year-end event – Aim and Game Field trip – May 20th – 21 mentor/mentee attendees·         Edaleen Field Trip – Mentors/Students walked to Edaleen for ice cream·         Year-End Photos, Merch Order, etc.·         Adopt a BTO Senior – 4  BTO seniors – Week 1 & 2 packages delivered; Week 3&4 deliveries … Read more

Lynden Community grieves loss of young student

We are grieving the loss of a lovely young woman from LHS. Her name is Kailia and indications are that it was by suicide.  Our hearts go out to the family, staff, and students at LHS and all those who have been touched by the trauma of this loss.  We greatly appreciate the outpouring of … Read more

Only 7 Seconds

Here is a great resource to be aware of. There is an organization called Only 7 Seconds (focus on relationships, mental health) that our district is connecting with through the Northwest Conference and our athletic programs.  Explore more at their website Jeff and Diana Bedlington (Cascade Farms) are sponsoring this initiative due to their own personal … Read more