Chelsea Masters

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Oklahoma Mentor Day

WALKING WEDNESDAY MENTOR HONORED

Pryor High School student Chelsea Masters (second from left), a volunteer for Walking Wednesday in Pryor, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren during Oklahoma Mentor Day. Joining in the presentation is Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left). Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Chelsea Masters

Walking Wednesdays
Pryor Public Schools

Chelsea Masters, a student at Pryor High School, has been named the outstanding mentor for Walking Wednesday, a program that pairs high school students with elementary students to walk to school each Wednesday on designated walk routes.

“Chelsea shows up every week with her reflective vest, stop signs and her arms wide open for hugs from elementary schools students,” said Evett Barham, student council advisor. “From the outside, it may look like students are only walking to school, but Chelsea serves as a sounding board, big sister, comedian, “crossing guard” and positive role model.”

Chelsea has been involved with Walking Wednesday for three years and now serves as the student coordinator. Through this role, Chelsea recruits mentors and makes sure they are available every week to walk elementary school students to school. Chelsea oversees mentor training. She also texts her team weekly to get them excited.

“Chelsea’s dedication has sustained the program and is changing many lives,” Barham added.