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Boone Central TeamMates mark 20th year

Teammates logoBoone Central TeamMates celebrates their 20th year in 2020, but unfortunately there will be no banquet to mark the occasion.
The coronavirus outbreak and subsequent directed health measures forced cancellation of the banquet that had been scheduled April 23.
TeamMates successfully partners with local school districts from the largest urban schools to some of the smallest and most isolated rural schools. The program matches a student with an adult volunteer mentor to provide one hour of individual mentoring each week during the school year. Activities during the mentoring hour range from homework assignments to sharing common interests or simply engaging in conversation.
Dr. Tom Osborne, former Nebraska football coach and athletic director who founded the TeamMates program with his wife Nancy in 1991, had been scheduled as the guest speaker.
Boone Central TeamMates chapter began in 2001 with just three mentor-mentee matches. In the 2019-20 school year, the chapter reached an all-time high of 53 mentor-mentee matches.
There are seven graduating seniors in the program this year. They are Lena Carnley, Garrett Grosch, Trenedy Jones, Niah Kahlandt, Shianne McCready, Quintyn Pollman, and Drew Thompson.
College scholarships are presented by the Boone Central TeamMates program to mentee-graduates who complete an application form and meet the requirements of TeamMates membership.
TeamMates mentors also reached significant milestones. Carolyn Gray has been a mentor for 20 years and has served as a board member for 10 years. Jayne Schack has been a mentor for 16 years and has served on the board for five years.
Complete story in the April 29 Albion News print and e-editions.