|Millwood High School senior Ashanti Baker, a volunteer for Teen Trendsetters mentoring and tutoring program, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. Teen Trendsetters, a program of the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students with second-graders for reading activities. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Teen Trendsetters, Millwood Public SchoolsAshanti Baker, a senior at Millwood High School, has been named the outstanding mentor for Teen Trendsetters at the Millwood Elementary Learning Academy (MELA).
The program, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students one-to-one with first- or second-graders who are at least six months behind their peers in reading. The pairs use Scholastic Brainstorm, a science-based curriculum co-authored by Scholastic and the Bush Foundation. Teen participants receive online reading and leadership training.
Teacher Dillon Griffin, who nominated Ashanti for the honor, said she has a smile on her face every time she sees her mentee, which makes her mentee feel comfortable and happy. As the captain of the Millwood High School Cheer Squad, Ashanti is a role model to many younger students.
“Coming from a smaller district, all the elementary students want to be just like her, including her mentee,” Mr. Griffin said. “Her cheerful disposition and helpful nature benefit her teammates, classmates, and all of the elementary students. We are very lucky to have a young lady like Ms. Ashanti Baker at Millwood Public Schools.”