- 3 charged with burglarizing Scott City bar (10/14/16)4
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Cape Girardeau County: A great place to grab a bite (10/14/16)2
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
- Three weeks and then what? (10/18/16)1
- Suspected attacker of Southeast student apprehended (10/19/16)5
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.