SHERMAN, Tex. -- We continue our monthly series “Little Moments,” looking at a mentoring program for children, Big Brothers Big Sisters. The program offers many opportunities for volunteering. Last month we talked about community based volunteering. On Friday, we discover the school-based program giving kids little moments of inspiration.
The library is a place children go to check out books, read their favorite stories, and maybe even get in a little homework now and then, but it's also a place where fourth grade Washington Elementary student, Jennifer, spends time with her Big Sister, Laci Hart.
"We talk about how we've been, how our week was," Jennifer says.
Jennifer and Laci are a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based program, which gives children and their mentors the chance to spend time together at school for one hour a week, three or four times a month.
"I just got a friend, and I’m getting to see a child grow and mature and open up," Laci says.
Just like the community-based program, the school-based option allows Big Brothers or Big Sisters to just talk and spend time with their ‘Little sibling’. Jennifer and Laci eat lunch together, go over homework assignments, and share little moments of their lives with each other.
"I just wanted to influence a young kid. It sounded fun to hang out. I’ve never had a younger sibling," Jennifer says.
Principal Sheryl Barnett is amazed at how much the program impacts the students.
"This has been one of the greatest things to happen to our school," Barnett says.
Barnett has seen the difference it's made in Jennifer after only four short months with her Big Sister, Laci, and it's made a difference in each of the other ‘Little’s’ lives too.
"The kids have come out of their shells, they've had improved behavior. It’s been a very good opportunity for our children," Barnett says.
Each moment that Jennifer and Laci spend together is a special one, and even though Jennifer has biological brothers and sisters at home, Laci has taken on a role that gives Jennifer that needed one-on-one experience only a Big can provide.
"We were both shy, and then we were able to open up," Jennifer says.
"She’s like my sister," Jennifer says.
If you'd like to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, we’ve posted that information below. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister doesn't take that much time, but it means the world to a child.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Regional Executive Director
If you'd like to volunteer,