‘I get to be a child again’

‘I get to be a child again’

Mentors are fundamental but in short supply at Big Brothers Big Sisters
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Big Sister Catherine Schaefer frosts cookies in her Durango kitchen with her Little Sister, Anjelica, 7, who had fun putting on the sprinkles. They were matched last spring through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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Nathan, 11, right, scores on his Big Brother, Brad Tafoya, at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado holiday party in December at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. The organization holds several events each year and arranges for discounts at area businesses when Bigs and Littles go out.
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While having lunch at McDonalds, Anjelica, 7, writes a note to her Big Sister, Catherine Schaefer, telling her how she feels about her.
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Anjelica, 7, asks her Big Sister, Catherine Schaefer, to give Santa Claus a kiss before they put him away while taking down Christmas decorations in Catherine’s Durango home. They had put up the decorations in December while having a sleepover, where they did girly things such as paint their nails and try lip gloss colors. Anjelica did not want to see Christmas end.
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Mentoring makes a difference

Surveys have shown 83 percent of parents and 84 percent of teachers report seeing academic improvement among children who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. About the same amount of young people reported improved grades and an...

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