- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- A message from heaven (1/23/17)
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march (1/22/17)91
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
An education initiative that started in Cape Girardeau has proved to be a model program that communities across the country may soon adopt.
The ABC Education Initiative, which started in 2006 in Cape Girardeau, is a mentoring partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and local school districts. So far the results from the program -- which includes participation in public schools of Cape Girardeau, St. Louis and Normandy -- have been staggering. From improved attendance to fewer disciplinary problems to better grades, students participating in the program are showing that having a mentor in their lives can make a difference.
Bill DeWitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals and board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, recently attended a local reception for the organization and spoke with the Southeast Missourian Editorial Board about the good work the organization is doing. In addition to his service on the board, DeWitt will soon be involved in a more personal way as a Big Brother. While he might be a high profile volunteer and mentor, the organization is quick to note it's not about what opportunities you can provide. It's about taking an interest in a child and encouraging him or her to be a good student and productive member of the community.
Thank you to the organization and its volunteers for helping make a difference in many young people's lives.