MVSB supports Mentoring Together at LMS

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce a $2,500 donation to Mentoring Together — a mentoring program at Laconia Middle School inspired by the Better Together community initiative.
In an effort to positively impact the youth in Laconia, many attempts to support mentor programming have been made over the years. Unfortunately, nothing has proved to be sustainable. Over the last two years, a committed group of citizens has worked together through the Better Together community initiative to establish a grassroots program, which is now known as Mentoring Together.
The donation from MVSB will primarily be used to help fund the salary of a part-time coordinator to administer the mentoring program. "We are so thankful for this generous gift from MVSB," said Joyce Selig, member of the Better Together Steering Council and the Mentoring Together Advisory Council. "Hiring a coordinator to administer this program is vitally important to its long-term success. We feel very grateful that local businesses like MVSB are eager to help us positively impact on our local youth."
Mentees are referred to Mentoring Together by teachers, school staff and parents. Students who were not necessarily referred for mentoring, but who show an interest in the program, are also matched up with mentors. Ultimately, Mentoring Together believes that all children can benefit from having another caring adult in their lives.
Mentors are currently being recruited from the Laconia area. Mentors must be able to commit to meeting with their mentee once per week, for one hour during the afterschool program, for an entire year. Any adult who is interested in forming a positive one-on-one relationship with a child through Mentoring Together should contact Sandy McLaughlin at 528-2324 for more information.

CAPTION — Photo Caption (from left to right): Andrew Hernandez, branch and business development manager at MVSB’s Alton office, presents a check to Eric Johnson, principal of Laconia Middle School, Sandy McLaughlin, Mentoring Together volunteer, and Joyce Selig, member of the Better Together Steering Council and the Mentoring Together Advisory Council.