|Southeast High School senior Machario Moreno (center), 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, Oklahoma City Public SchoolsMachario Moreno, a senior at Southeast High School, has been named the outstanding mentor for Teen Trendsetters of Oklahoma City Public Schools.
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.
“The mission of Teen Trendsetters is to advocate for and establish literacy as a value in every home,” said Mary Pipps Cloos, Career and Technical Education master teacher at Southeast High School. “Machario and his fellow Teen Trendsetters travel every Monday to Shidler Elementary School, an Oklahoma City public elementary school which has 100 percent free and reduced lunches, to read with first-graders who are below the academic standard.”
Machario has not missed a single mentoring session since the program began. “The children love reading with him,” Cloos said. “He is fun and he uses sound expressions and draws pictures so younger students will understand their reading better.”
Cloos said Machario has gone the extra mile, assisting her with paperwork for the program, which has been a tremendous help.
“I highly recommend Machario Moreno as Southeast High School’s outstanding mentor,” she said.