What is the Hand-in-Hand program?

The Hand-in-Hand program is designed to match students with staff mentors during the school year to provide extra support, attention, love, and guidance. This program has made a big difference in the lives of the students and adults involved.

How are students chosen for the program?

Students are selected for the program by staff referrals. Staff members may also request students with whom they have developed a bond with in previous years. Because most students can benefit from this program, there is usually a waiting list to participate.

Who can be a mentor?

Any adult who works in our building can be a mentor. This includes teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff.

How much time is involved?

Mentors are asked to make at least one contact per week with their buddies. It could be in the form of a morning pep talk, eating lunch together, a note of encouragement, or designated classroom helper time.

Do parents know their child has been assigned a mentor?

Yes, parents know if their child has been assigned a mentor. All students must return a signed permission slip to participate in the program.

Why are Positive Teacher-Student Relationships Important?

Research has suggested that teacher-student relationships play a significant role in influencing young children’s social and emotional development. In studies of teacher-student relationships, children who had a secure relationship with their preschool and kindergarten teachers demonstrated good interactions between teachers and peers, as well as performed with more competence throughout elementary school. Conversely, children who had insecure relationships with teachers had more difficulty interacting with peers and engaged in more conflict with their teachers. In addition, research has shown that positive teacher interactions such as smiling and complimentary words help promote respectful peer and adult relationships.