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The program has been great for the Mary C. Snow After School Program. I have seen students who have trouble making friends look forward to seeing their Elevator. I have seen students who are insecure in school work become more involved with others and their school work.

Attendance to our after school program has even improved. I have other students asking if they could have a mentor. Parents and teachers will beg for their child or student to get an Elevator! Here are just some of the ways our students at MCS have been impacted:

5th grade student: He has been part of after school for three years and I have never seen him smile so much and be so confident. This student struggles in school with completing work as it tends to be hard for him and he struggles with making and keeping friends. However, he has smiled more, completed more homework and attended more after school days - he even stayed at after school extra days to be with his Elevator.

3rd grade student: The student has trouble getting along with others in and out of class, she has trouble making and keeping friends. She has had more positive interactions with others and more importantly has shown growth in self control when it comes to lashing out or back at others. Before her Elevator, I rarely saw the student smile during school or after school. On the days her Elevator comes and while they are together, the student is always smiling.

4th grader: The student loves his Elevator and his Elevator has met some of his family. The family LOVES the Elevator as they are so encouraged to hear him speak positively about something. The family will text me and come later to ensure the Elevator has "all the time".

2nd grader: The student is one of 7 children in the home and having a little extra attention is just what he needs. In fact it is because of this student that everyone knows about the Elevators program! He tells everyone about it!

4th grader: This student has only one friend and struggles to interact with her friend and others appropriately sometimes. She has made more friends and has become more social. Mom is happy to have a mentor for her child and is always asking if her Elevator is coming. Student has come to the after school program and stayed longer because she likes her Elevator.

2nd grader: This student is smart, talented and knows it. He will ask several times during the week if his Elevator is coming and even if he gets the days mixed up when they are to meet he will become upset. One time his mother walked "football" gloves over to school because he said he had to have them for when his "Elevator" came. He will often get in trouble for not listening to adults, but he is getting better at that. He loves to spend time with just his "Elevator" and his mother loves it too.

2nd grader: This student will plan her entire week around her Elevator. She will arrange her schedule to ensure she has her music lesson, dance team, and time with her Elevator. Her Elevator came to the Winter Concert and watched her play the violin. She tells everyone what fun they have and will invite other students to join. Everyone she tells wants to meet her Elevator, including adults.

-Natalie Blevins, After-School Coordinator

Education Elevators provides mentors for some of our struggling students. Students eagerly look forward to the day their Elevator comes. They are so excited to have someone just for them and I have already noticed changes in behaviors and attitudes as a result!
-Jill Woodrum, Executive Director

The Elevator program has helped children form much needed healthy relationships with great adult role models. Students really look forward to their weekly mentor visits. It has helped us be more mindful of those kids that need that positive adult interaction in their lives.

Our Elevators have been amazing during the Coronavirus crisis! They prepared goody boxes for their students along with hand written notes. They brought them to the school in prepaid mailing boxes and all we had to do was put the addresses on them! They also sent pictures and messages to their students to make them feel special!

-Beth Sturgill, Principal

These students have become more successful in all areas of school. They look forward to Elevator visits and light up when with them.

-Rebecca Thomas, School Counselor

Our students light up when they find out they are getting matched with an Elevator and when they get to see them weekly. They truly do make a huge impact on our students and their lives.

-Caitlin Lastoria, School Counselor

The Elevators who visit our building have a direct impact on the students they are working with. We know this and value this. We often miss the indirect benefits of Elevators. They support the teachers of the students they are working with by providing needed attention to their students weekly. They also bring a strong sense of community partnership into the building. - Leah Kersey, School Counselor

I like the program very much. It is well organized. The Elevator’s are flexible and always communicate if they cannot be there. They cover for each other. KCE is lucky to have this program.
-Pamela Hurst, Teacher

Lisa makes Mason feel that someone is there just for him. It calms him and refuels his spirit. He settles down after a cooling off period, and he's refreshed after spending time with Lisa. He is always so excited to see Lisa. He's up and out the door before I know what's happening sometimes! I think Lisa is like a mother figure to him, and as a twin - he always has to share. He doesn't have to share Lisa and that is something he needed. -Stephanie Elkins, Teacher

I have seen great social and emotional improvement in Jazya since Angela began her visits. Angela has learned how to connect with Jazya through her interests. This program is amazing! We are lucky to have it at KCE! -Kacie Atha, Teacher

Brooklin has had good grades and behavior all year long, but having Kristi come has helped her by having another person in her life that cares about her. It has given her some more confidence. Kristi even sent some presents to Brooklin during the pandemic. This experience has been very positive for Brooklin. It is great for her to have an adult in her life that is consistent and that cares about her.

-Ashley Britton, Teacher

Stephen's Elevator was effective because he enjoyed his Elevator coming and it gave him something to look forward to and be happy about. He also gained more confidence in himself.

Mr. Lee was always there when he said he would be. He was a consistent person in Vinny's life. When he would have to miss for any reason, he would always communicate with me ahead of time so that Vinny would be prepared. He was a positive role model in Vinny's life and I believe that has caused an attitude shift for Vinny as well.

-Carly Dye, Teacher

Micah looks forward to Kelly coming each week. He knows that he can count on her to be there. He enjoys sharing his friends with her, also. He seems to have more confidence and willingness to participate. She was consistent with her attendance. I didn't receive feedback from her or any questions about Micah, so I assumed she felt he was improving or that she was satisfied with her performance.

-Courtney Bess, Teacher

PG. 2

The student he mentors is genuinely happy to see him, and he has helped Canyon to become more social and confident. I see nothing but positive outcomes in this program. I think it is a fantastic program. I really see changes in my students that get these services.
-Kate Ward, Teacher

Juanita's Elevator has made a connection with her. She is reliable and communicates with me in regards to her schedule. I love seeing Juanita's face light up when her Elevator arrives.
-April Macchione, Teacher

Angel is a great child, and I never have problems out of her, but she needs someone in her life that will be consistent and encouraging to her. Erica seems to give her a boost and she loves to see her. It always seems to make her day much brighter. Angel has shown better relationships with her peers, and excitement when at school.

-Tawna Clark, Teacher

Chris is honestly, I believe, the best part of William’s week. If William is having a bad day Chris is usually readily available to come see him and always tries his best to be there for him. He even attends student conferences when he can! William has a rough home life, so seeing Chris is something he really looks forward to. Chris knows when his birthday is and visited him an extra day that week. He is a 100% constant in his life! -Carli Bourne, Teacher

Jon was so awesome with Kevin. Kevin needs love and attention from all the adults in his life. Jon was very consistent in Kevin's life, always coming the same day and the same time. Kevin can be a very angry young man, but the days Jon was coming...He would perk up. Kevin has bad weeks, but Jon was always a welcomed sight for him. Kevin has difficulty expressing his feelings. He will throw things, have tantrums, and completely shut down. Having Jon around gave him a way and an outlet for him to express his feelings in an appropriate manner.

-Andrea Perrow, Teacher

Kourtnea shares excitement when her Elevator comes and seems happier once she returns to class. Don’t stop reaching out. You’re impacting her in ways you can’t see.Thank you for being an inspiration to such an impressionable girl.
-Christina Sleeth, Teacher

Tristen liked to spend time with Lance and I could see an improvement in Tristen's behavior. I have seen Tristen become easier to get along with. I love this program. I like how the Elevators come at lunch and recess, times that give the two an opportunity to talk.
-Amy Casto, Teacher

Savanna knows when Ms. Jeanie is supposed to come and looks forward to her arrival. Savanna enjoys the time they spend together because she comes from a large family. I like the Elevators coming at recess time and lunch time. This allows for a relaxed environment for the student and elevator.
-Amy Castro, Teacher

Jesse is growing with his social skills. He still has some room for growth, but I think he is benefitting from this program. Keep up the good work. We and our students appreciate you!
-Brittany Holmes, Teacher

Amy always brightens Klaira's day! Klaira is excited to see her and always asks when she is coming. Klaira seems to be more confident in herself which translates to her academic performance. I think she enjoys talking with Amy and spending time with an adult whose focus is only on her.
-Sarah Suan, Teacher

We were first introduced to EE through a presentation at our local Rotary Club. Personally, what attracted me to the organization was having the opportunity to be the difference in a child’s life. Thankfully, I always had a solid role model in my mother. Without the fortune of having her in my life, I could have been that student that needed someone. I want each of the students seeking an Elevator to know that someone in the world cares about them, no matter what may be going on in their lives.

Many employees say that their favorite day of the week is the day they’re able to visit their student. It’s important to Advantage to give back to the community in any way we have the opportunity. With the struggles West Virginia faces, it’s important to make an impact in the future of the state we call home; I can’t think of a better investment of time than improving the life of a child, encouraging them that they are worthy and capable.

-Nina Shell

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