This month, we’ve been talking about the importance of connection. These past few months have been a powerful reminder that all of us need to be connected with others.
Remember…we all need connection because we are better together than we are alone.
This week, we want to encourage you to connect with the students you mentor one more time before we all break for the summer. With summer break officially started by the time you read this, you will need to be a little creative with how you connect. But, think of this as an opportunity to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer with your student.
In these unique times, we’re living in, we could all use something to celebrate. So, here are a few ideas for you as you celebrate the end of the school year:
- Send your student a fun end-of-the-school-year care package with stuff they like in it (ex. candy, coloring book, Woods or Edaleen gift card, random dollar store stuff…)
- Write a note to your student and share some of the things you hope to do this summer. And, encourage them to make the most of their summer by creating a “summer bucket list” of things they want to do too. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and write back and forth this summer sharing all the things you end up doing.
- Go to the Dollar Store and find a congratulations card and put a $5 gift card in it with a note congratulating them on the end of the school year.
Those are just a few ideas of ways you can celebrate the end of the school year with your student. We’d love to hear your ideas as well!
Thank you again for investing your time in our kids and our communities through mentoring! We look forward to next school year and seeing what school-based mentoring will look like in the future.
Jason Matthews is a youth pastor in Washington State, where he’s been serving students for over 20 years. When he doesn’t have to be in the office, he loves to be outside with his family, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. He also loves to network with other youth workers.