Students Striving for Success
El Reno Public Schools
Students Striving for Success, a mentoring program for El Reno Public Schools students, has selected local business owner Shana Fields as its outstanding mentor for recognition at Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol.
Shana, owner of Shana Fields Design, has been volunteering with Students Striving for Success Mentoring Program since the program began four years ago. Shana has been matched with her mentee Mayli since the beginning. Brooke Robertson, mentoring program director, said Shana is warm, caring and a positive female role model for Mayli.
“Shana takes me places sometimes and she helps me read,” said Mayli. “Sometimes she brings games instead of books. Shana makes me very happy. She treats me kinda like her own daughter. I think I do better because she is my mentor.”
Shana brings her own activities during mentoring sessions with Mayli.
“The single biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children,” Shana said. “Success is not always because of flash cards, workbooks, fancy preschools, blinking toys or computers, but more importantly, it is mom or dad taking the time every day or night to sit and read them wonderful books.”
“Shana and Mayli have a strong relationship that continues to grow weekly through fun, laughter and reading,” Robertson said.