Big Brother Big Sisters – In School Mentors
We are happy and privileged to have the Big Brother big Sisters In-School Mentors at McArthur School. The In-School Mentoring program provides girls and boys with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground, gym, library or computer lab. The In-School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. Parents will be approached on a need to know basis with information that will come as a recommendation from teachers and/or principal for their child to be part of this program.
The program strives to do the following:
- provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys
- promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
- instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
- encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
- and above all, make a difference while having fun.
Study Buddy Program
Study Buddy is a program offered by Edmonton Public Schools where post secondary students from the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan College, or Concordia College, volunteer tutoring assistance to students, individually or in small groups, with an academic focus. These post secondary students spend a minimum of one hour per week with students in our school. Our Study Buddy coordinator matches the Study Buddy with one or some of our students and provides materials, support and instruction as necessary.
Rainbows for Children
Rainbows partners with communities to offer a peer support program for children, teens and adults who have experienced a separation, divorce, death or other painful transition within their family. The mission of Rainbows is to assist participants in building self-esteem, and learning positive coping strategies to deal with their losses. This process takes place through channels of peer support with volunteer adult facilitators in a safe and nurturing environment. The emphasis is on the unconditional acceptance that is fostered in the group which promotes growth and healing. The program is offered at McArthur School and there is no cost to participants. Ms. Tami Smith is the school’s program coordinator for Rainbows. Soon, sign up for the program will be made available. If you have any questions you would like to ask about the program, please contact Ms. Smith at the school.
As called upon, Edmonton Public Schools has a broad many departments to assist in every part of your child's needs and achievements.