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Take Your Little To Work Day

Not many children would turn down the chance to go on a class field trip, but that is exactly what 10-year-old Ronnie chose to do. The elementary school student said he would rather miss out on his class trip than to miss a chance to see where his "Big Brother," Mr. Pat worked each day. Ronnie was one of 12 children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program who visited their mentor at the Warren County Public School board of education office recently. While the Big Brothers and Big Sisters usually come to school to eat lunch with their "Littles," the "Take Your Little To Work Day" gave students a chance to eat lunch at their mentor's office.

"I learned that he has a really important job and that it is really hard," said Ronnie of his mentor Pat Stewart who serves as Director of Pupil Personnel at WCPS.

"Mr. Pat" was very quick to point out that he learns from Ronnie every time he sees him.

"I tell him all the time that he's my "Big" because I learn so much more from him than he will ever learn from me," Stewart said.

The mentees painted stockings and learned about how central office staff helps run a school district of 14,000 students and 2,000 employees. Many of them were surprised when they learned they were sitting in the room with people who helped manage millions of dollars and help make sure students are safe and successful.

The "Take Your Little To Work Day" was a first not just for WCPS but for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as well. Brian Becker, CEO of BBBS of South Central Kentucky, said he would like to see other companies make the same commitment to mentoring children and providing opportunities like bringing the children to work.

In winter 2011, WCPS held a recruitment luncheon at central office and had more than 17 outstanding role models sign on to be Big Brothers and Sisters. Through BBBS School-Based Program, they visit the school once a week and eat lunch with the children at special tables reserved for visitors. The mentorship has made a huge impact on students across the district and has an even greater impact on the mentors.

"Every day we come to work to do what's best for kids," said "Big Brother" Chris McIntyre, Director of Finance for WCPS. "But having a Little Brother or Sister provides us with a one-on-one relationship that reminds us daily who we are working for and why we are here."

For more information on how your organization can do something "Big," visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Web site at bbbsky.org.

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