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‘Making a Difference’ is TeamMates Walk theme

Kayberly Nelson participates in the TeamMates WalkAlthough they were few in number, the 13 participants in last Sunday’s Boone Central TeamMates One-Hour Walk recognized the importance of the walk’s theme: “Making a Difference for Youth!”

The walk started at 1 p.m. and lasted until 2 p.m., symbolizing the one hour that TeamMates mentors spend with their youth mentees each week. Participating were Alex Sunderland, Carolyn Gray, Kalene Howell, Mitzi Fox, Arnold Johnson, Kay Nelson, Kayberly Nelson, Melinda Johnson, Ed Knott, Chandra Griesman, Colleen Krasser, Janet Schmitz and Susan Wolf.

This was the sixth annual walk for Boone Central TeamMates. Across the state, they joined with mentors, mentees and participants to celebrate the difference mentoring can make in the lives of youth.

The walk, which raised more than $800 for the local TeamMates chapter, was made possible by local area sponsors. Contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals keep the local TeamMates chapter operating.

On Sunday evening, the ninth annual TeamMates Banquet was held at the Albion Country Club with 61 mentors, mentees and supporters attending. Coach Arnold Johnson was the guest speaker.

The TeamMates Mentoring Program is a one-to-one, school-based mentoring program serving students in third through 12th grades. It is the largest mentoring program in Nebraska, and one of the largest school-based mentoring programs in the United States.