Twenty-five Hopkins Elementary students participate in mentor program

Program serves as chance for mentors to connect with students throughout the school year, summer
Hopkins Elementary
Twenty-five students from Hopkins Elementary attended a doubleheader matchup between the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) and the Texas A&M University-Texarkana softball teams. Photo contributed by VISD.

VICTORIA, Texas – Twenty-five students from Hopkins Elementary attended a doubleheader matchup between the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) and the Texas A&M University-Texarkana softball teams. The matchup, known as the Hopkins Mentor Connect Program, took place on Friday, April 1. It is run by Hopkins Elementary with the UHV softball team.

The program serves as a chance for mentors to connect with students throughout each school year and summer. It helps display encouragement, tutors and helps studends gain confidence in their work.

According to a news release from VISD, the partnership is reaching the end of its 13th year. It has adopted a hybrid model since the pandemic. The program provides both in-person and virtual opportunities for mentors and students to meet. They work on vocabulary, definitions, reading and sight words.

According to VISD, this year’s game was the first opportunity for students to meet with their mentor in person. Mentees also had the chance to join their mentor on the field for the national anthem and watch them in action on the field.

Janaya Williams, a student at Hopkins, said her favorite part of the program was reading with her mentor. So far, Williams has read Franklin in the Dark, Biscuit Takes it Back and Clifford the Snow Dog with her mentor. She also stated she would like to become a mentor when she grows up.

You can read the full news release here. VISD provided the above information and photo.